Silicon Valley has moved to control the dissemination of misinformation after President Donald Trump’s supporters accused the US Capitol of contributing to the January 6 attack on the social media platform.
In the days following the rebellion, in which five people died, as rioters sought to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president, tech platforms enforced security tightening and often-ambiguous moderation standards. Scramble to do.
In an unprecedented move, Twitter banned Trump permanently, while Facebook blocked the president’s account indefinitely. Similarly, Google, Apple, and Amazon have taken action against Parler, a social network popular with far-right and extremist users who helped plan the riot attack. Many large companies have reduced political spending for this time.
The response also comes as tech companies are facing more pressure from their workspace to take a stand on political issues. After Trump’s Twitter ban last week after employees allegedly wrote to CEO Jack Dorsey, urging him to boot the president from the stage, asking Dorsey to investigate the company’s “complexity” in insuring. This weekend, Amazon booted up the parlor from its servers, which are employees of the e-commerce giant Amazon demands a cut in its service, Telling the company, “Enough is enough.”
“There’s a bright red line that has been crossed,” said Charlene Lee, founder of Ultimate Group. “Up to this point there was a level of tolerance of acceptability that these companies could no longer justify.”
Here’s what the big tech companies have done in the wake of the attack:
- The world’s largest social network banned Trump indefinitely. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would step down from the podium on January 20, when Biden was sworn in as the next US president. “We believe that the risk of allowing the president to use our service during this period is very high,” Zuckerberg said in the announcement.
- Facebook said on Monday that it is exempt from political expenses. A spokesperson said, “After last week’s horrific violence in DC, we are withholding all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter while we review our policies.”
- Facebook said it would remove content using the phrase “prevent theft” from Facebook and Instagram.
- The search giant has suspended Parler, a social network popular with remote users from the Google Play store, that distributes Android apps. The Parler app would remain suspended, unless the social network was used to promote insurance, addressing its content moderation issues.
- Google said it was blocking all political contributions coming from its political action committee, NetPAC. Google said it would review and reassure “PAC’s policies” after “the deeply disturbing incidents of the previous week.”
- Google-owned YouTube said it accelerated a policy to issue attacks on any account that posted videos making false claims about election fraud to take effect immediately. The company announced a policy update against electoral fraud claims last month but allowed a grace period. Under YouTube rules, three strikes within a 90-day period are the result of a permanent ban.
- YouTube banned the channel of Steve Bannon’s War Room Podcast after violating the platform’s three-strike policy.
- Twitter has permanently banned Trump from its platform for “further inciting risks of violence”.
- Twitter deleted accounts of high-profile supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, including retirees General Michael Flynn And lawyer Sydney powell. The baseless story states that a cabal of devil-worshiping sex traffickers controls the government. “We will permanently suspend accounts that are fully dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Company has been removed by now .
- Apple followed Google’s lead and removed Parler from its App Store for iPhones. The company had sent a letter to the parlor requiring the violence to implement a moderation policy for the material.
- Amazon cuts off hosting for Parlar on web services, which leases server space to other companies. The social network responded with a lawsuit claiming that AWS violated its contract.
- The company will reportedly For Republican lawmakers who voted against the election’s certification.
- Amazon-owned Twitch banned Trump’s account. A spokesperson said, “Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the president’s rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from inciting further violence,” A spokesman said.
- Microsoft has stopped political contributions in the wake of the attack. A spokesperson said, “Microsoft’s political action committee decided that it would not make any political donations until assessing the implications of last week’s events.” “The PAC routinely withholds its donations in the first quarter of a new congress, but will take additional steps this year to consider these recent events and consult with staff.
- Reddit banned the popular subreddit r / Donaldtrump for repeatedly violating the platform’s rules. Although not the official page of the president or his campaign, the group was reportedly one of the largest political communities in Reddit. A spokesperson said, “Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes violence against people or groups of individuals, which incites hatred, or encourage, glorify, incite, or prevent violence.”
- Airbnb said Who tried to block election certification. “AirBNB strongly condemned last week’s attack on the US Capitol and efforts to undermine our democratic process,” the company said in a statement.
- AT&T said To Republican legislators objecting to the certification of the 2020 election results. “Our Federal PAC Board staff called a call today and decided to suspend contributions from members of Congress who objected to the certification of Electoral College votes last week,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
- Comcast said it would happen on Monday as well “Those elected officials who voted against the certification of electoral votes.”
- Won’t intel Who voted against the certification. In a statement, Chipmaker said it appeared that the MPs’ action was “counter to our company’s values.”
- Verizon said Republican members of Congress voted against certifying the election results, a spokesman said.