Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat have decided to suspend or lock the US President, Donald Trump, from posting content.
Twitter removed three Donald Trump tweets that he posted yesterday night which they said were in “severe violation of their Civil Integrity policy.” They also warned that future violations of Twitter Rules, including their Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies would result in permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account. The company ended up locking Trump for 12 hours following the removal of these tweets and if he doesn’t remove them, the account will remain locked.
Facebook also took drastic measures in ensuring Trump’s video doesn’t see the light of day. “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Integrity said on Twitter. Facebook banned Trump for 24 hours.
Snapchat too took a stand on Donald Trump’s posts. According to TechCrunch, Snap’s CEO and founder Evan Spiegel said that Snapchat “simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence, whether they do so on or off our platform.”
As a recap, yesterday night, several protestors attacked the US Capitol which houses the United States Congress. Trump sent out a controversial video that ended up being removed swiftly by Facebook and Twitter took their sweet time before removing it.