Snapchat closed President Donald Trump’s account after the uproar of Trump’s rioters in the US Capitol. A Snap spokeswoman confirmed to Tech Crunch that action was taken on Wednesday and said the company would closely monitor the situation before re-evaluating its decision.
This is not the first time Snap Actions have been taken against Trump’s account over concerns about dangerous rhetoric from the president. In June, it announced content from Trump’s Snapchat, would no longer be promoted in its Discover tab, and would only appear to users if they subscribed to it or searched for it.
In a blog post published immediately before Snap announced its decision, co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said Snapchat “cannot promote accounts in the U.S. that are linked to people inciting racial violence , Whether they do it on our platform or off. “
A Snap spokesperson said that unlike many other social media platforms, Snapchat was created for users to communicate with friends rather than a wider audience. The emphasis is on spreading misinformation by relying on moderate and vetted content. For example, the Discover tab only contains content from editors such as Reuters and other news organizations.
Trump forced Trump out of his account after Twitter forced him to delete three tweets, but the action could only last twelve hours. Facebook and Instagram blocked Trump from posting for 24 hours and blocked the #StormTheCapitol hashtag.
Many activists are urging ethics organization Accountable Tech to make their ban permanent on Twitter and Facebook Tweet That the “violent attack in the Capitol today is heart wrenching, but not entirely unexpected.” Sadly, the preparation and response of Twitter and Facebook has been wildly inadequate. Just not enough to incite violence. “