FB, Twitter, Instagram restrict, indefinitely suspend Trump a/cs – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Major social media giants, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, on Thursday banned, restricted or “suspended indefinitely” US President Donald Trump from their platforms following his allegedly provocative posts which led to a violent insurrection at the Capitol Hill. YouTube has also removed several Trump videos.
Around 9.30pm IST, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. 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.”
“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Twitter also asked for the removal of three of Trump’s tweets and banned him from using the platform for 12 hours following their deletion. Snapchat, too, restricted the President from posting to his account indefinitely.
One of the tweets, which the microblogging platform took down, contained a video, posted two hours after the siege at the Capitol, which showed Trump asking protesters to go home, but also had him repeat his claims of “fraudulent” election results. Twitter had initially not taken down the video, but had restricted people from retweeting, liking and commenting on it.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter wrote from a verified handle @twittersafety. It added that “future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
Trump had been using his social media accounts to challenge the 2020 Presidential election since the declaration of results in early November last year, calling them fraudulent on several occasions. Twitter had flagged several of his tweets, labeling them as “disputed”.

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