Facebook and Twitter ban Trump’s account for 12 hours after violence on Capitol Hill. For the first time, Trump’s account will be blocked from Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat for 12 hours. President Donald Trump’s accounts are temporarily blocked from posting on their sites after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday.
Snapchat also took serious and immediate action and locked Trump’s account. Trump shared the same posts on his Facebook account too. So, on Wednesday, Facebook blocked Trump’s account from posting for 24 hours. Instagram announced the same. But on Thursday, Facebook went much further, by blocking Trump on both sites “indefinitely” or for at least two weeks.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO, wrote in a Facebook post, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.” Besides he said, “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely. And for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
It was also confirmed by a spokesperson for Snap, the parent company of Snapchat. They confirmed that it too blocked Trump’s account on Wednesday, 6 January 2021. University of Virginia law professor, Danielle Citron, tweeted, “Time is now to suspend Trump’s account. He has deliberately incited violence, causing mayhem with his lies and threats.”
Twitter itself tweeted, “Our public interest policy- which has guided our enforcement action in this area-ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe.”
Joe Sonka on Facebook and Twitter ban Trump’s account
It was also tweeted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Joe Sonka. She wrote, “Twitter locks Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours, threatens permanent suspension.
This tweet was retweeted by a photographer at the Courier-Journal, Matt Stone. Trump’s accounts were blocked because the company said he violated its rules against interfering in elections or other civic processes. Several tweets posted by Donald Trump included baseless claims about election fraud.
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