Twitter and Facebook temporarily stopped President Donald Trump from posting on his sites for the first time after an uproar from his supporters, Sparking violence and halting the process to certify Joe Biden as the next US president.
In a rare move, Twitter shut down Trump’s account because the company said it violated its rules against interfering in elections or other civil procedures. Earlier in the day, Trump posted several tweets that included unfounded claims about electoral fraud. The president also shared the same post on his Facebook page, and the social network said Trump would be barred from posting on the platform for 24 hours.
“We have assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s page, which would result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he would lose the ability to post to the platform at the time,” Facebook said Tweet. Facebook owns instagram, Is also preventing Trump from posting on the photo service for 24 hours.
Twitter and Facebook have in the past labeled many of Trump’s tweets, but have stopped deleting his tweets due to public interest. Twitter said in a tweet, “Our public interest policy – which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years – believes the risk of harm is greater and / or more serious.”
Twitter said three tweets were required to be removed from Trump’s account. The tweet is not visible to the public. One of the tweets also included a video of Trump who watched more than 13 million times. In the video, Trump urged his supporters to “go home now”, but also repeated false claims about election fraud. He said, “We must keep peace. We must have law and order.” Facebook and Google-owned YouTube pulled the video. Facebook Said it pulled the video down because it believed it could contribute to more violence.
Twitter said Trump’s account would be kept closed until he deleted three infringing tweets. Once he does so, his account will be closed for 12 hours. If he violates Twitter’s rules again, the company may permanently suspend his account.
Twitter, along with Facebook, took their strongest stance against Trump’s post on Wednesday. Facebook also deleted several of Trump’s posts. While social networks have generally labeled Trump’s posts about electoral fraud, violence in the US Capitol prompted him to take stern action. According to several media reports, a woman was shot inside the US Capitol in a standoff between law enforcement and Trump supporters. Critics were also calling on Twitter and Facebook to suspend Trump’s accounts.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.