This is the end of @realDonaldTrump

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By Scott Nover

6 mins ago

President Donald Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, has been struck with an absolute ban from Twitter just days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building and just 12 days before he leaves office. The president, who relies upon Twitter as his personal communications platform of choice, was “permanently suspended” for risk of inciting further violence.

The president was previously suspended for a 12 hour period on Wednesday night into Thursday. The president made a brief return to Twitter on Thursday night when that ban was lifted, when he shared a video reading prepared remarks condemning the Capitol Hill riot after political figures from both major parties cited Trump for inciting the rampage that delayed Congress’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. On Friday, Trump tweeted he would not be attending Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” Twitter announced Friday evening. The account was immediately deactivated and users of the service can no longer even view the president’s past tweets.

Twitter has long resisted banning world leaders such as the president for their rule-breaking activity, choosing instead to shield offending tweets in warning labels. But on Friday, the company deemed that Trump had gone too far and permanently axed his account. This is a developing story … more to come.