President Donald Trump has been banned from a number of online platforms after his supporters stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6 to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden at the Electoral College.
Trump was accused of inciting deadly violence during a speech he gave before rioters attacked the Capitol building. The chaos, which left five dead, has sparked a backlash over fears that Biden’s Jan.20 inauguration could be targeted by far-right groups.
Social media platforms have banned Trump and other far-right groups in the wake of the worst violence on Capitol Hill in more than two centuries.
Here are all the platforms that have acted against the outgoing American leader:
Twitter, a platform Trump used as his primary speaker to communicate with more than 88 million subscribers daily, was the first company to ban the president from his service.
Announcing the move on Jan. 8, Twitter said in a blog post that after careful consideration of the president’s recent tweets, he had “permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence.”
Twitter also blocked Trump’s efforts to circumvent the ban on his @realDonaldTrump account when he posted tweets from the official presidential account @POTUS and the campaign account @TeamTrump.
Company CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended ban, but warned it was a “dangerous” step that would have “significant ramifications.”
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Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said Monday that the world’s largest social network has no plans to lift its block on Trump’s accounts.
Sandberg, speaking at the Reuters Next conference, said she was happy Facebook froze Trump’s accounts as tech giants scramble to crack down on his baseless claims of fraud. US presidential election amid riots in Washington, DC last week.
Hours later, the company banned the phrase “stop the flight” altogether, citing the term’s use to stage events challenging the outcome of the US presidential election that have a propensity for violence.
If Trump wanted to appeal the removal of his content, it could be done through the company’s new supervisory board, she added. Facebook said Trump could not appeal the actual suspension through the board.
YouTube suspended Trump’s channel for at least a week, saying it was motivated by concerns about the “continued potential for violence.”
The Google-owned platform said it removed content uploaded Jan. 12 to Donald J. Trump for inciting violence, although it was not immediately clear which videos in question were in violation.
“After careful consideration and in light of concerns about the current potential for violence, we have removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and launched a strike for violating our policies to incite violence,” he said. a YouTube spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Under the suspension, Trump’s channel is temporarily barred from uploading new videos or live streams for at least seven days, although the channel will remain live, YouTube said.
Comments would be turned off indefinitely on the channel, YouTube said.
Image-centric social network Snapchat said on Wednesday it had permanently banned Trump from the platform.
“In the interest of public safety, and on the basis of its attempts to spread disinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have taken the decision to close definitely his account, ”the company said.
Twitch, the Amazon-owned live streaming site used by Trump’s campaign to broadcast speeches, disabled Trump’s account until he left office, claiming he didn’t want to be used ” to incite more violence ”.
E-commerce company Shopify has closed two online Trump souvenir stores to promote people or organizations “who threaten or condone violence to promote a cause.”