On Wednesday, chaos and insanity struck in Washington D.C.
January 6 marked the day in which Congress set to meet for the purposes of confirming Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes. Trump supporters traveled from across the country to be in Washington D.C. and join the “Save America” rally.
After noon, things took a turn for the worst though. Individuals donning MAGA attire actually broke into Capitol Hill. Demonstrators were also seen in physical clashes with D.C. police officers who struggled to keep the situation at bay. Lawmakers received instructions to either self-barricade themselves or evacuate the premises for their own safety.
In light of the events that transpired yesterday, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter moved swiftly against President Trump. Breitbart News confirms that both social platforms temporarily suspended the 45th president of the United States.
Big Tech Goes on the Offensive
Following the acts of violence that wound up in four people dying and at least 52 arrests, President Trump released a video statement.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
In this statement, Trump called for his supporters on Capitol Hill to cooperate with police officers and go home. The president then noted that the 2020 presidential election was stolen before stating that violence is not the answer; however, additional talk of voter fraud prompted strict action from Facebook and Twitter.
Action from Facebook and Twitter
Facebook Integrity VP Guy Rosen stated that the social media platform would remove Trump’s video, due to the nature of events in Washington D.C; Rosen furthermore explained the company’s belief that Trump’s video statement heightens the risk of more violence.
Twitter adopted a similar stance. On the Twitter Safety account, the company announced that D.C.’s “unprecedented and ongoing violent situation” resulted in a temporary ban on Trump’s Twitter account.
Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
In order for the 12-hour ban to lift, the 45th president will have to remove multiple posts. Finally, Twitter also informed that if Trump makes “future violations” of their rules, his account will suffer indefinite suspension.
The crackdown against the president from Twitter and Facebook comes at an interesting time. For a while, big tech companies have faced ongoing accusations of bias against conservatives; this has therefore triggered the rise of alternative social media platforms like Parler, Rumble, and Gab.
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