US President Donald Trump was blocked by Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday after thousands of people stormed Washington’s Capitol Hill in support of the US President.
The US President was banned from Twitter and Facebook, both after posting a 62-second video on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, where he told Capitol Hill demonstrators “I love you” before telling them to go home.
One woman died and dozens were wounded as police and pro-Trump supporters clashed on Capitol Hill. The move prompted declarations by world leaders criticising the mob’s acts of violence, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referring to it as “an attack against democracy”
Twitter said it wants three tweets by the US president removed for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity Policy”. If Trump fails to do so, the US President’s account could be suspended for good. “Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said.
Facebook, on the other hand, has blocked the president of the United States for 24 hours, while YouTube has deleted a video of Trump’s post. “We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” said Facebook.
Hours after the violence took place, the President of the United States appeared on camera, telling supporters “I love you” and describing them as “patriots” YouTube said it pulled the video because it “violated policies on spreading election fraud”
Initially, Twitter did not delete tweets but instead blocked the ability to retweet or comment on them. Later, they were deleted and Trump suspended.
“We have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labelled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence,” said Twitter.
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Facebook told the BBC, “The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”
The pro-Trump march was partially coordinated by Facebook groups and accounts.