After the violence that took place at the capitol on Wednesday, the accounts of the US president were temporarily locked. Facebook and YouTube have also removed the video where he addresses his supporters and again denies his loss.
Faced with the invasion of the Capitol which interrupted the session devoted to the certification of the results of the presidential election, social networks have decided to react. Twitter and Facebook have announced that they have suspended Donald Trump’s accounts.
Twitter asks president to delete tweets “Following the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC”. “If Tweets are not deleted, the account will remain locked”, indicates Twitter, adding that “Future violations of Twitter rules, including our integrity policies, or violent threats, will result in the permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
For Twitter, the messages in question, in which Donald Trump addressed his supporters by refusing to admit defeat and again claiming that the election was stolen from him, constitute “Repeated and serious violations of our civic integrity policy”.
Earlier, Twitter had said it was reducing the reach of messages encouraging the violence. These tweets “Cannot be retweeted or ” liked ”, and we will not be able to respond”, said the social network which had already taken many measures to regulate the exchanges during an election under tension. Hundreds of demonstrators in favor of incumbent President Donald Trump invaded the assembly in Washington in an insurrectionary climate, interrupting the session of Congress which was to confirm the victory of Joe Biden. “Given the situation in Washington, we are actively working to protect the integrity of public conversations on the platform and will take action against all content that violates Twitter rules.”, tweeted the California-based company’s security account.
Facebook and YouTube remove video of Trump speaking to supporters
For their part, Facebook and YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google, have also deleted the video in which the president addresses his supporters and again denies his defeat. “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency action, including removing the video of President Trump. We removed it because overall we believe it helps rather than reduces the risk of continued violence ”Facebook vice president Guy Rosen said on Twitter. The social network also said that Trump’s page could not post content for 24 hours. The company further indicates in a blog post that it would remove all support for the Capitol events.
Mark Zuckerberg also spoke in an internal memo, unveiled by the Axios site. The Facebook boss said to himself “personally saddened by this popular violence“And denounced”a dark moment in our country’s history». «The peaceful transition of power is essential to the functioning of our democracy, and we need our political leaders to lead by example and put the nation first.“, he added. Regarding the action of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg assured that the social network dealt with “this situation as an emergency and we are implementing additional measures to ensure the safety of people». “Our security team continues to monitor what is happening in the capital of our country and will provide further updates as necessary”, he further indicated.
Social networks singled out
The exchanges were inflamed Wednesday on social networks, where the demonstration was relayed live by users. Many observers accuse the platforms of letting the Republican billionaire and his violent supporters organize their rally through their services. “Hey Mark Zuckerberg, Jack (Dorsey), Susan Wojcicki and Sundar Pichai – Donald Trump has provoked a violent attack on American democracy”, tweeted the committed comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, calling out to the bosses of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google.
“Is it finally enough for you to act ?!” It’s time to ban Donald Trump from your platforms once and for all ”, he rebelled in his message illustrated with a photo of a protester parading in the Capitol with a Confederate flag, considered a racist symbol.