US President Donald Trump has been blocked by social media giants Facebook and Twitter after responding to supporters who stormed the US Capitol.
The action was taken by the social media giants after Donald Trump posted a message on Facebook and Twitter to his supporters saying “I love you” before telling them to go home.
Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours and said that it removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” or less his account would remain locked for good.
“Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”. Twitter added.
Currently, three of his tweets are “no longer available because [they] violated the Twitter Rules.” while Facebook also tweeted saying that Donald Trump has been blocked from posting for 24-hours.
“We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.” the tweet read.
We've assessed two policy violations against President Trump's Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
Facebook’s vice president of integrity Guy Rosen tweeted the social media company believed the president’s video “contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” saying the action was part of “appropriate emergency measures.”
Furthermore, the video was removed from Instagram and the president’s account there would also be locked for 24 hours according to the chief of Facebook-owned Instagram, Adam Mosseri.
We are locking President Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well. https://t.co/HpA79eSbMe— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) January 7, 2021
According to Adam Mosseri, the chief of Facebook-owned Instagram, the video was removed from the president’s Instagram account which has also been locked for 24-hours.
The video was also posted on YouTube, however, the platform did not take any immediate action but later said that it violated its policy against content that alleges “widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US election.”
It is pertinent to mention that the riot at the US Capitol has taken four lives, including a 35-year-old woman who was shot by Capitol police as protestors stormed the building.