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Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump accounts after posts to rioting supporters

Twitter has locked Donald Trump’s account for the first time and threatened him with “permanent suspension” from the platform.

It comes after the site demanded he remove tweets excusing violence after his supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

The site had earlier removed the retweet, like and reply functions on a video in which Mr Trump addressed his supporters who had clashed with police in Washington DC forcing a lockdown at the US Capitol building.

In the video, the president told protesters that they “have to go home now”, adding “we don’t want anybody hurt”, but he also claimed that “this was a fraudulent election”.

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter Safety posted.

“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked. Read from source….