Twitter, Facebook and co block Trump for up to 24 hours

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Twitter has suspended Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours for now, but threatens to delete it completely.

In view of the riot at the seat of the US Congress, major online services have blocked the accounts of the outgoing President Donald Trump for the time being. The short messaging service Twitter blocked the account of the outgoing incumbent for twelve hours on Wednesday. The company also threatened Trump with a permanent exclusion from his preferred communication platform. The online network Facebook also blocked the president’s page for an initial 24 hours, Instagram and Snapchat followed suit, but without setting a time limit, as Mashable reports.

Three tweets from the account @realDonaldTrump had “repeatedly and severely” violated the platform’s guidelines and would have to be deleted, Twitter explained. If Trump does not remove them, the account will remain permanently suspended, it added. Shortly before, Twitter had initially removed the three messages.

Suspected misinformation
Twitter also restricted the dissemination and commenting on messages that had incited the storm on the seat of Congress in Washington. According to the company, the move affects content that the service issued warnings about suspected misinformation. Accordingly, these tweets could no longer be redistributed, commented on or given a like. Twitter justified the step with the “risk of violence.”

Trump does not recognize the election victory of the future president and tirelessly claims that there was massive fraud in the presidential election on November 3. He has presented no evidence for this claim.

Ongoing violence
Twitter is Trump’s main digital platform for addressing his supporters directly. In recent months, however, the online service had increased its focus on Trump’s messages and repeatedly added warnings to its posts.

Facebook also took action against Trump in light of the rioting in Washington. The president-elect could not post anything there for an initial 24 hours, according to the company. Trump increased the “risk of ongoing violence instead of reducing it” with his latest messages, the group explained.

Earlier, Facebook deleted a video message Trump sent to his demonstrating supporters. “This is an emergency, and we are taking appropriate emergency action,” Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen said. Twitter and online platform YouTube also deleted the video.

“We love you”.
In the clip, Trump had indeed called on his demonstrating supporters to “go home” after storming the Capitol in Washington. However, at the same time, he repeated his claims of alleged election fraud and assured his supporters, “We love you.”

After storming the Capitol, Congress had to suspend its deliberations for several hours. Both chambers of Congress had met to formally certify the results of the presidential election. After several hours of interruption, the Senate and House of Representatives then continued their deliberations late Wednesday night (local time).

  • Source: futurezone.at/picture: twitter
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