Many of the biggest social media platforms have taken aggressive steps against Donald Trump after his comments culminated in a mob of his supporters attacking the US Capitol building as the Congress was trying to certify the 2020 US Elections. As a result, they banned Donald Trump from their platforms.
Donald Trump banned from multiple social media platforms
The reason these tech giants banned Donald Trump was, according to them, to prevent any further incitement of violence. Trump had been crying for voter fraud for months in the build-up to the election and continued to persist on the matter after the elections were done. That eventually resulted in an angry mob of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol building. This move has resulted in cries of censorship from Trump supporters, whereas others are saying it was long overdue. Take a look at what these platforms had to say:
Twitter was President Trump’s favorite social media account, without a doubt. It is here where he engaged with and connected with most of his followers. But, his relationship with Twitter had soured over time, with Twitter flagging several of his tweets. This included when he called Black Lives Matter protestors “thugs” and claimed falsely that he won the November elections. With any such tweet, Twitter would flag it.
However, on Wednesday, Twitter first locked Donald Trump out of his account for 12 hours following the Capitol building incident. After restoring his account, they deleted three of his tweets, saying that they violated its content policy. Then, on Friday, after tweeting two more incendiary tweets, Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump.
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Furthermore, Twitter also banned some pro-Trump accounts, namely lawyer Lin Wood as they believed he incited violence with his tweets.
In their announcement, the official reasons that they cited for Donald Trump being banned were:
In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.
Facebook & Instagram
Other than Twitter, Facebook and the photo-sharing app Instagram also banned Donald Trump from their platforms. First, Instagram suspended his account for 24 hours on Wednesday after he posted a video on his account telling the mob that stormed the Capitol:
we love you, you’re very special.
The next day, after news broke out of Twitter’s 12-hour suspension of Trump, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook and Instagram will be permanently banning Donald Trump. It was the most aggressive measure taken against Donald Trump at the time by any social media giant. Zuckerberg said in his post on Facebook:
The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden. We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.
YouTube, owned by Google, wrote in a thread on Twitter that they will now issue strikes to any account that posts false claims, which includes but isn’t limited to voter fraud. The video streaming site also claims that they removed thousands of videos in the past few months that spread misinformation. That also includes several videos by Trump that claimed widespread voter fraud. One strike would result in a temporary suspension for a channel, whereas three strikes in three months would result in a permanent ban.
2. Over the last month, we’ve removed thousands of videos which spread misinformation claiming widespread voter fraud changed the result of the 2020 election, including several videos President Trump posted to his channel.
— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 7, 2021
4. Channels that receive a strike are temporarily suspended from posting or live streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube. We apply our policies and penalties consistently, regardless of who uploads it.
— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 7, 2021
This Wednesday, Snapchat also banned Donald Trump with a concern of him spreading hate speech and threatening violence. This move preceded Snapchat’s decision to stop promoting Donald Trump’s Snapchat stories last June and removing him from the Discover page. CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in June:
This does not mean that we will remove content that people disagree with or accounts that are insensitive to some people. But there is simply no room for debate in our country about the value of human life and the importance of a constant struggle for freedom, equality, and justice.
Back in June, Reddit banned r/The_Donald and many other pro-Trump pages that promoted violent threats and misinformation. After last Wednesday’s incidents, they also banned the subreddit r/DonaldTrump. It had become a hub for “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theorists and encouraged protestors to march on the Capitol. Reddit said in a statement:
Reddit’s site-wide policies [reddithelp.com] prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed. We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the U.S. Capitol.
Finally, the Amazon-owned streaming service also banned Donald Trump by disabling his Twitch channel in response to the Capitol riots. They said:
Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President’s incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.
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