Following last night’s events, Twitter has taken bold moves suspending US President Donald Trump ‘s account over “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
The company told Trump to take down three of his tweets due to the violence experienced in Washington D.C.
The company’s civic integrity policy highlights; “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”
The policy gives Twitter the power to label tweets deemed as containing false or misleading information on any civic process. Twitter can, additionally, reduce the visibility of such tweets on the platform, the policy states.
Twitter warned they would suspend Trump’s account for 12 hours after the removal of the said tweets. The company also threatened to lock the account for good incase the tweets were not removed.
Furthermore, Twitter made it clear that further violations will lead to permanent suspension.
“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” the company’s safety team tweeted.
“We’ll continue to evaluate the situation in real-time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary,” the social media company added.
Trump urged his supporters to storm Capitol Hill before the invasion claiming elections had been stolen. In the middle of the chaos, he later posted a video reaffirming that elections had been stolen but urging supporters to go home.
That video has also lead to the suspension of Trump’s account on Facebook.
Facebook banned Trump for 24 hours and removed a video saying they “believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
YouTube has also taken down the video for violating policies on spreading election fraud.
Snapchat has also sided with Facebook, and Twitter blocking Trump’s account vowing to monitor the situation before making further decisions.
It’s not the first time Snap has banned Trump. June 2020, Trump’s account was restricted from featuring in the Discover tab which basically gives public account holders more reach on the platform.
In a bog post, Snapchat’s founder Evan Spiegel says they won’t promote accounts “linked to people who incite racial violence, whether they do so on or off our platform.”
Update: Snapchat bans Trump