With less than 2 weeks until Donald Trump leaves office, he’s managed to get himself suspended by both Twitter and Facebook after tweeting in support of the supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol. Twitter and Facebook has also removed a few of his posts, including a video that called the election results “fraudulent” and praised his supporters as “very special” people.
Twitter says that it has locked Trump’s account for 12 hours. They also removed three of his tweets that he posted today for “repeated and severe violations” of the platform’s Civic Integrity policy.
They also said that Trump’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed. And “future violations of the Twitter rules” will result in permanent suspension of his account.
Currently, Trump’s Twitter page’s latest two tweets are no longer available. Twitter initially prohibited it from being retweeted or replied to—like what they’ve done for a lot of his tweets.
According to Forbes, Trump’s removed tweets include saying that he knows the “pain” of the rioters. Trump’s tweets also added that “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”
According to Twitter, they said that they “will continue to evaluate the situation in real time”, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. They also planned to “keep the public informed”, including if further escalation in their enforcement approach is needed.
Facebook is blocking Trump out for longer. He has now lost the ability to post on his Facebook page for 24 hours, due to “two policy violations”. Instagram’s top executive confirmed that the 24 hour ban would also apply to the president’s Instagram account as well.
Facebook officials said they were “appalled by the violence at the Capitol”, and that they are “treating these events as an emergency”. They also stated that they are removing content that includes “praise and support of the storming of the U.S. Capitol”, “calls to bring weapons to locations across the U.S.”, “videos and photos from the protestors”, “calls for protests if they violate the curfew in DC”, and “attempts to re-stage violence tomorrow or in the coming days”.
Facebook also said it planned to update the labels it has been applying to election-related posts. And they announced new restrictions on some activity in its groups feature—including the automatic disabling of comments that encourage hate speech or violence.
However, some people on Twitter have said that banning Trump for a day isn’t enough. Some Twitter users say that they’ve had longer bans for doing much less than inciting violence.
The Capitol march itself was also partly organised online—including on Facebook groups and pages. YouTube already had a policy to remove fake news about mass election fraud, which it applied to the president.
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