Both Facebook and Twitter have removed President Donald Trump’s posts aimed at his supporters who stormed the Capitol. This follows widespread condemnation of the platforms’ lack of action in the run-up to the violence in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
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In a video and tweet that followed, Trump urged the rioters to “go home” – but tried to justify their actions by saying he knew their “pain” and “these are the things and events that happen when a holy landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and unceremoniously moved out viciously. “
Guy Rosen, vice president for integrity at Facebook, said in a statement that the video was turned off because the situation was an “emergency”. “All in all, we believe it will help reduce the risk of persistent violence rather than reduce it.”
At first, Twitter flagged Trump’s tweets and prevented users from tweeting or liking them again – but the social media network eventually followed Facebook’s lead and removed the posts entirely.
Twitter also said that Trump’s account will be banned for the next 12 hours, warning that it would be permanently banned if he continued to violate company rules.
Democrats and tech and media celebrities have beaten up Twitter and Facebook CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey for the inactivity of their platforms in the run-up to the violence. Venture capitalist Chris Sacca tweeted, “You have blood on your hands, Jack and Zuck. For four years you have been rationalizing this terror. Incitement to violent treason is not free speech. If you work in these companies, it’s up to you too. Shut it down.”
470. This is the total number of Trump tweets reported by Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Most of these concerned election misinformation.
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