Facebook, Twitter lock the social accounts of President Trump for 12 hours; Twitter threatens “permanent suspension;”
Just a couple of left in his presidency, Twitter has decided to lock President of United Trump’s account for the next 12 hours after his tweet “calling for peace and telling violent rioters and protesters to go home.” Facebook also announced it has suspended President Trump’s account for 24 hours.
In a tweet, Facebook said: ”
“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.”
Twitter’s latest decision follows its earlier decision to “restrict engagement” of Washington DC protest images and tweets. Just like what happened to New York Post last year, Twitter also threatened to permanently suspend his account if the ‘offending’ tweets are not removed, the account (with 88.7 million followers) will remain locked.
Twitter’s decision further demonstrates the power of Big Tech companies and the end of free speech. It’s also a reminder that Big Tech censorship is alive and well. If Twitter can ban the account of a sitting president, it can surely ban anyone from its platform as long as tech companies continue to be protected under the Section 230 rule.
Below is how Twitter explained its decision:
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., 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
So far, Twitter has deleted at least three Trump tweets this evening alone.
Update (January 7, 2021): Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook and Instagram are blocking President Trump from using their services indefinitely, according to a tweet from NBC News.
BREAKING: Zuckerberg says Facebook and Instagram are blocking President Trump from using their services indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/JHxZvmjqiu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2021