Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after he calls for beheadings


Steve Bannon, one-time White House Chief Strategist, and Trump insider, says that Trump's second term should start off by firing Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

During one of his shows, Bannon, now indicted for wire fraud and awaiting trial, commented on the unlikely possibility of Trump firing both Wray and Fauci, before moving on to say that he would "go a step farther". I'd put the heads on pikes, right?

Bannon's account remained active on Facebook as of Friday, but the clip calling for the executions was pulled about 10 hours after it was posted.

Twitter Inc. permanently suspended an account of Steve Bannon, while Google's YouTube removed one of his videos after the former White House strategist on Thursday advocated violence against US officials.

Bannon's message comes as some members ofPresident Trump's inner circle have amped up inflammatoryrhetoric as the election results remain unresolved.

"I think the number one thing Donald Trump can do in this election is fight each and every one of these battles to the death so that we get full transparency in the process", Trump Jr said at meeting in Atlanta, following up with a tweet saying, "This is a fight worth having and it's worth exposing all of the nonsense going on so that it can never happen again in this country".

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The account has been permanently suspended, rather than banned for a limited amount of time, Twitter said in a statement.

Permanently suspending an account will remove it from view, and the violator will not be allowed to create new accounts during that time, according to Twitter's rules.

YouTube and Facebook are yet to follow suit.

"We've removed this video for violating our policy against inciting violence", said Alex Joseph, a YouTube spokesperson. Any strike temporarily disables uploading for at least a week.

Bannon's remarks on his program appear to be an escalation of his comments during an interview on Fox Business Network earlier Thursday, when he nonsensically declared that the President has already "won an overwhelming victory" and urged Trump to "start acting right now in his second term".