Twitter temporarily silences President Trump by locking account for 12 hours, citing policy violations

If the tweets aren’t removed, the president’s account could remain locked until further notice

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, at Dalton Regional Airport, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Dalton, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Twitter has temporarily locked President Donald Trump’s account after three of his tweets violated the platform’s Civic Integrity Policy.

The social media platform made the announcement Wednesday following the violent situation unfolding in Washington, D.C.

In a series of tweets, Twitter said that it has required the removal of his tweets that were posted earlier in the day for “repeated and severe violations” of its policy, and in doing so, they have blocked the president’s account for 12 hours.

If the tweets are not removed, the platform said Trump’s account will remain locked until further notice.

The tweets that were in violation include the video message the president shared earlier Wednesday, urging his supporters to go home after violence and protests erupted in the Capitol.

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However, in the video, Trump also continued to make accusations of voter fraud in the presidential election. The video was also removed from Facebook and YouTube, according to a report from the Associated Press.

This is a developing story and we’ll bring more updates as they become available.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.