The State Department ordered diplomats to stop posting on social media following reports of the United States Capitol following the Trump supporter riots, citing three diplomatic sources. Diplomats abroad were also asked by the Under Secretary for Public Affairs to remove the content destined for Facebook, Houtsite and Twitter, and until the planned social media posts were suspended from the main accounts of the State Department.
According to CNN, diplomats are usually asked to stop social media posts after a terrorist attack or major natural disaster.
In the United States until Wednesday late evening, the main State Department Twitter Account Had only retweeted a thread by Secretary of State Michele Pompeo in which he said “the storm of the US Capitol is unacceptable today.”
So far, the State Department’s Instagram and Pompeo’s official Instagram accounts and the State Department’s YouTube have not posted any since the riots at the Capitol, while the State Department’s Facebook page has a post repeating Pompeo’s Twitter thread.
ClearTips has contacted the State Department for comment.
Social media platforms scrambled to react after an extraordinary and horrific day of violence that left four people dead. The rioters dissolved the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, as electoral votes were being counted, forcing MPs to opt out (the joint session was later assimilated).
On Wednesday afternoon, Twitter required President Donald Trump to delete three tweets and shut down his account for twelve hours, stating that he was permanently suspended for future violations of his Civic Integrity policy will be given. Facebook and Instagram announced that the president would stop posting to their accounts for 24 hours and begin blocking content posted on the #StormTheCapitol hashtag.