Tech giants Twitter and Facebook Inc on Wednesday temporarily blocked the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump on their respective platforms after his supporters stormed the US Capitol. With this, some of his tweets and videos have also been removed.
At the same time, the Instagram account of Trump has also been suspended. Instagram head Adam Mosseri said, “We are locking President Donald Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well.” Twitter has also warned Trump and said that if he does not delete some of his offensive tweets, his account will remain blocked permanently. Currently, Twitter has suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours.
Instagram, Facebook released statements in this regard:
At the same time, Facebook has also blocked the account of the US President for 24 hours in view of the seriousness of the situation. Facebook in a tweet, wrote, “We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
In a tweet, Twitter said, “Our public interest policy — which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years — ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe.”
Trump posted a video after the violence:
After the violence in Capitol Hill, Trump posted a 1-minute video on Twitter, in which he was telling his supporters – “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now. We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”