Twitter permanently bans Donald Trump after Michelle Obama issues plea to Silicon Valley executives

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      Donald Trump was elected once as president with the help of Twitter. It won't happen in 2024.

      That's because the popular social-media platform has permanently banned him.

      "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said in a blog post.

      It came after a heartfelt plea from former First Lady Michelle Obama.

      Following the January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, she called on Silicon Valley companies to "go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms".

      She also called for policies to "prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel insurrection".

      In addition, Obama accused Trump of being "obviously willing to burn our democracy down for his own ego".

      Twitter's move elicited an angry reaction from Donald Trump Jr.

      "So the ayatollah, and numerous other dictatorial regimes can have Twitter accounts with no issue despite threatening genocide to entire countries and killing homosexuals etc... but The President of the United States should be permanently suspended. Mao would be proud," he declared.

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