First President to Ever Be Suspended From Major Social Media Platforms
Entering 2021, I think it’s safe to say we thought the Covid-19 pandemic was enough to deal with. However, many supporters of President Trump stormed their way into the Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6th. Not only did they trespass on private property, they also caused mass destruction and disruption.
Due to this rampage, many social media platforms have taken their strongest actions yet in suspending President Trump’s accounts on both Facebook and Twitter due to his encouragement of the violence.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said that the company is going to keep Trump’s accounts locked until Inauguration Day.
Zuckerburg continued on to say that “the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”
Earlier, before Zuckerberg’s statement, Twitter and Youtube took down a video where Trump praised the rioters and falsely claimed that the presidential election was rigged once again.
Twitter also temporarily locked his accounts on Jan. 6th for 12 hours after he deleted tweets which violated Twitter’s policies. The company also threatened a permanent ban if he continued to violate their rules and policies any further.
As of Jan. 7th, his 12-hour suspension on Twitter was lifted and he is now free to Tweet as long as he abides by their policies and rules.
“If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked,” Twitter said in their statement.
Both Facebook and Twitter have always had rules against stimulating and encouraging violence on their platforms, yet throughout Trump’s presidency they have refused to ban or suspend Trump where critics say he has fueled the fire of violence.