Twitter and Facebook freeze Trump accounts as platforms respond to storming of US capitol

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Twitter and Facebook temporarily locked the accounts of US President Donald J Trump, since technology giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the US presidential elections amid riots in the capital.

People were shot and killed inside the Capitol building in the chaos.

Facebook afterwards tweeted it’d block Trump’s page from posting for 24 hours because of two policy violations.

Twitter secured Trump’s accounts for 12 hours also stated that when the tweets are not removed, the account would remain locked, meaning that the president would be not able to tweet out of @realDonaldTrump.

Facebook and YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google, also removed a movie in which Trump continued to allege the presidential election was deceitful even as he encouraged protesters to go home.

The video has been removed from Instagram along with the president’s account there would likewise be frozen for 24 hours,” Adam Mosseri, chief of Facebook-owned Instagram, said in a tweet.

YouTube didn’t take any further immediate action against his account.

Tech firms have been under pressure to authorities misinformation on their platforms round the US election, including through calls by users on Wednesday for major platforms to suspend Trump’s accounts.

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The president and his allies have continuously spread unsubstantiated claims of election fraud that have appeared on the web. Trump on Wednesday blamed Vice President Mike Pence for inducing “courage” to pursue those claims in a tweet that Twitter later took down.

A White House spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook’s vice president of ethics Guy Rosen tweeted that the social media firm believed the president’s video “contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” saying the action was part of “appropriate emergency measures.”


YouTube stated Trump’s video broke its policy against content that alleges “widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US Election.”

Both Facebook and Twitter had added tags and measures to slow the video’s spread.

Dozens of Facebook staffers known for executives to clarify the way they were handling Trump’s articles, with some calling for his consideration to be taken down for inciting the violence at the Capitol, according to inner posts viewed by Reuters.

“Can we get some courage and actual action from leadership in response to this behaviour? Your silence is disappointing at the least and criminal at worst,” one worker wrote.

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Internal communications supervisors quickly closed opinions on the threads, stating in identical posts that updates could be provided however “the priority right now is actively dealing with the ongoing situation.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the inner articles.

Former Facebook security leader Alex Stamos tweeted, “Twitter and Facebook have to cut him off.”

Civil rights groups such as The Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change called for social media firms to suspend Trump’s accounts permanently.

According to researchers and public postings, violent rhetoric and advice on weaponry ramped up significantly in the past three weeks on a lot of social media platforms as multiple classes planned rallies for Wednesday, such as Trump supporters, white nationalists and fans of their wide-ranging conspiracy theory QAnon.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Twitter and Facebook freeze Trump accounts as platforms respond to storming of US capitol‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York, Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Katie Paul in Palto Alto and Paresh Dave in Oakland. Editing by Peter Henderson and Lincoln Feast.

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