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Trump permanently ousted from Twitter, as Apple pulls ‘free speech’ app Parler

Outgoing US president Donald Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter on the grounds his posts have the potential to incite further violence following the storming of the US Capitol building on Wednesday.

Twitter joins Facebook and Instagram, which already banned Trump “indefinitely” on Thursday and will not lift the sanctions until at least after Joe Biden is sworn in as the new US President on 20 January.

However, speaking on Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show, health secretary Matt Hancock suggested such moves by the social media giants could cause a rethink on regulation. Responding to Trump’s Twitter ban, Hancock said companies such as Twitter and Facebook were taking “editorial decisions”, because “they’re choosing who should and shouldn’t have a voice on their platform”.

Elsewhere, Apple and Google have pulled so-called ‘free speech’ social network Parler from their app …

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