Twitter has removed a prominent account linked to President Donald Trump after the account was used to publish racist and anti-Semitic tweets.
The account @TheDonaldSpam was the first to be taken down.
The tweet about a woman being stabbed in the back with a butcher knife was posted on May 8 and has since been retweeted more than 4 million times.
It contained two tweets that appeared to reference a stabbing victim and the victim’s family members.
A tweet from April 17 said the attack was “another example of the leftist murder of conservatives” and that the stabbing was “a reminder that the left and its leftist allies will do anything to shut down free speech.”
A tweet in May included the phrase “You can’t say what you want when the leftist media are trying to silence you.”
In a statement on Twitter, the company said it “takes these kinds of reports very seriously” and “will take action to protect the safety and well-being of our users.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company said that “this behavior is not condoned on our platform and we will take it very seriously.”
Trump’s account is now unavailable on Twitter.
It was previously accessible on the company’s website.
The news comes amid a national debate over whether to protect speech from hate speech.
Trump has been a vocal supporter of the alt-right, a white nationalist movement that includes neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.
Trump’s tweet about stabbing the woman was posted shortly after the stabbing of a Jewish man by a white supremacist.
The stabbing occurred at a Jewish cemetery in Waco, Texas, where Trump and other conservatives had gathered to watch the funeral of a Confederate general.
The death sparked protests in Wauconda, Texas.
It also sparked an investigation by the FBI.
“This attack is another example of what happens when leftists, led by the Clintons, try to shut us down, to censor us, and shut down our right to free speech,” Trump tweeted at the time.
A day later, he retweeted an image of the attack and said, “This is the most vicious, sickening and disgusting attack in the history of Waco!”
The tweet was taken down on May 16.
In a tweet on May 23, the account’s owner, the pseudonymous user @TheReal_Donald, said, “@realDonaldTrump I don’t care what your politics are, you can’t attack me and my family.”
He added, “Your disgusting tweets against me and the family of a deceased Waco police officer are disgusting.
I don´t care what anyone thinks, but I do.”
The next day, @TheRalphRetort retweeted the same tweet and wrote, “@TheRalfRetort Your disgusting tweets about me and his family is disgusting.
And we’re all going to pay the price.”
On May 24, @Real_Ralf retweeted a message from @TheThe_Real_DonaldTrump, who wrote, “Trump is no longer welcome on Twitter,” and then retweeted another message that said, “#Trump is a disgusting human being who should be banned for his hateful, racist, hateful rhetoric.”
@TheRickRichardson, another account associated with @ThePresident, also retweeted and then deleted a message that appeared on the same day from @RealDonald.
The next morning, @RickRichartson retweeted that same message and wrote “Just saw a disturbing tweet about my family.
If I were you I would be furious.”
On June 2, @ReinceRosenstein, the White House communications director, tweeted a link to a tweet by @RealTrump, and added, “@Reince I never want to work for you.
You have no respect for the American people, the First Amendment, or our laws.”
The same day, Trump’s Twitter account was taken offline for violating the company policy on hate speech, and the account itself was deleted.
A statement from Twitter said the account “violated a number of policies and standards of our company, including: posting false information or promoting violence; and violating our Terms of Service.”
In an email to Axios, a Twitter spokesperson said, “[Twitter] takes all reports of hate speech seriously and has taken the action to remove this account.”
In the past, Twitter has been criticized for not taking action against accounts that are “toxic.”
On April 16, a woman was stabbed at a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York, where Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were attending a Jewish wedding.
The attack sparked protests across the country.
In February, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report saying it is investigating several instances in which members of the Trump campaign and the White Helmets, a Syrian rescue group, were linked to terrorist attacks and attacks on civilians in the country, including a deadly attack on a Syrian aid convoy.
The group’s leader, a man named Abdul Karim al