Twitter, Other Social Media Platforms Suspend Trump Accounts in Wake of US Capitol Riots
Twitter moved on Wednesday to restrict social media engagement with tweets authored by US President Donald Trump and others after pro-Trump demonstrators protesting the results of the 2020 US presidential election breached the Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
The Twitter Safety team announced Wednesday evening that it would be locking the US president’s personal Twitter account for 12 hours after he removes a total of three tweets “that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
Earlier Wednesday, the social media platform’s safety team announced it would be “working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules.”
“Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly,” the Twitter team wrote on January 6.
Echoing Twitter, Facebook announced it is locking Trump’s official page for 24 hours.
An hour later, the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri tweeted in response to its parent company Facebook, “We are locking President Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well.”
Hours after the move, Snapchat also joined the social media giants in restricting Trump’s ability to share new content until the app decides to unlock his account.
“We can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump’s Snapchat account”, Snap spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said in a statement.