Twitter bans President Trump permanently

Tech company had earlier threatened permanent removal.

Social media giant Twitter on Friday night permanently banned President Donald Trump from its servers for what it said were violations of the Twitter rules.

The company had earlier in the week temporarily locked Trump out of his account and threatened to make the ban permanent if it deemed Trump a safety threat in the wake of Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Update: President Trump responded to the Twitter ban, issuing a press statement below:

"As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me. Twitter may be a private company, but without the government's gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.

"I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!

"Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely.

"STAY TUNED!"