There is hardly a social media platform that will have President Donald Trump left.
Snapchat permanently banned Trump on Wednesday, a move the company says is in the best interests of “public safety” and his entire community.
“Last week, we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account and assessed what long-term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community,” a Snap spokesperson told Adweek in an email. Wednesday evening. “In the interest of public safety, and on the basis of his attempts to disseminate disinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have taken the decision to definitively close his account. ”
The company said Trump has repeatedly violated its terms of service and community guidelines, including rules against the spread of disinformation, hate speech, glorification and incitement to violence. The news was first reported by Axios.
Last week, after the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol, which today led to Trump’s impeachment by Congress, all of the major social media companies took steps to mitigate the prejudice and reprimand the president. Snap had joined Facebook, Twitch and Youtube suspending the president until after the inauguration, but took tougher action on Wednesday and joined Twitter by banning it definitively.
This isn’t the first time Snap has punished the president for his role in inciting violence. In June, after Trump tweeted that protesters in Washington DC would be “greeted with the most vicious dogs and the most disturbing guns I have ever seen” if they approached the White House fence, Snap has announced it will. no longer promote the president’s account in Discover, his organized content center.
Snap doesn’t have a central news feed, what the company says mitigates the spread of disinformation, but he also said the president repeatedly broke his disinformation rules in the months following his demotion to Discover. The company said it has sent numerous warnings to the president’s team.
Trump was effectively disbanded until after the inauguration. The only question that remains is: what platforms – if any – will allow it to return?