Snapchat was the latest tech company to crack down on President Donald Trump by permanently banning his account on Wednesday, Axios first reported.
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Snapchat will permanently suspend Trump’s account on January 20 if he leaves office, the company said on Wednesday.
Snapchat had already blocked Trump’s account after the Capitol siege last week, and over the summer the social network limited its channel’s reach in response to the president’s comments on Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
“In the interests of public safety and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence that clearly violates our policies, we have decided to permanently terminate his account,” said a Snapchat spokesman
Snapchat is just one of several social media companies cracking down on Trump following the riots. For the past two months, Trump has been using his megaphone to spread unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about electoral fraud that helped his supporters storm the Capitol last week. Twitter has banned him permanently. Facebook has blocked its account indefinitely. YouTube cheered him on for seven days. Even platforms like Shopify, Twitch and Stripe have restricted the president in the past few days.
Conservatives have beaten tech companies for censoring political speeches, while others have raised concerns that big tech’s swift action is setting poor precedent. Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday through a spokesman that Trump’s Twitter ban was “very problematic,” adding that the “fundamental right to freedom of expression” should be governed by the rule of law and the government, “not as decided by Social’s management -Media platforms. “