Twitter and Facebook temporarily suspend Trump’s account after Capitol riots
Twitter has temporarily blocked this Thursday the personal account of the president of the United States, Donald trump, -his main means of communication- after the publication of a video in which he asked his followers to return home, but insisted that the presidential elections were fraudulent. In addition, the social network has threatened to suspend him permanently after weeks of messages in which he has disputed the result of the elections and encouraged his followers to repudiate the elections. A scenario that has ended with the assault of his supporters on the Capitol on Wednesday.
A message that has also been removed from Facebook, which has decided to temporarily cancel the profile that President Donald Trump has on this social network for the next 24 hours.
Specifically, the social network has deleted a video in which the president called his supporters to stop the violence with a message that not only did not condemn the incidents without palliative, but also seemed to praise his supporters, whom he described as people “Very special” as he redoubled his accusations about unfounded electoral fraud and placed the blame on “other people”, without specifying.
Facebook also blocks Trump
A message that has also been removed from the Facebook, which has decided to temporarily cancel the profile that President Donald Trump has on this social network for the next 24 hours, due to “two violations” of his policies, “which means that he will lose the ability to publish on the platform for the indicated time ».
For his part, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy rosen, explained on Twitter this Wednesday that in the face of this “emergency situation” caused by the assault on the Capitol, they are taking “the appropriate emergency measures, including the removal of the video of President Trump.” “We eliminated it because, in general, we believe that it contributes, rather than diminishes, the risk of continued violence.”
This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.
– Guy Rosen (@guyro) January 6, 2021
After blocking the video of Trump encouraging his followers, the public communication account of Twitter has issued an alert in which he explained that “as a result of the violent, continuous and unprecedented situation that is occurring in Washington dc., we have requested the removal of three messages from Donald Trump for constant and serious violations of our civic integrity policy.
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Suspended for 12 hours
In addition, the American social network has explained this Thursday that the personal account of the outgoing president of the Casa Blanaca, @realdonaldtrump, will remain suspended during the next 12 hours after the deletion of these messages which, if they had not been eliminated, would have meant an extension of the aforementioned blockade.
However, those responsible for Twitter have warned that it is “a violation of Twitter rules, including our civic integrity policies or violent threats, will lead to the permanent suspension” of the president’s account. In addition, they have warned that they control all movements related to the assault on the Capitol in the next few hours.
“We will keep the public informed, even if a tightening of our approach is necessary.”
Likewise, Twitter has reported that it continues to “assess the situation in real time” and that it is awaiting future statements, including those made outside the scope of the social network. “We will keep the public informed, even if a tightening of our approach is necessary,” the company concluded, referring to the total suspension of the US president’s account.