Facebook and Twitter suspend Trump account after congressional riots

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After outgoing President Trump and his supporters stormed the Capitol to protest the election, Twitter shut down Trump’s account for 12 hours and warned for the first time that he might stop it once and for all.

“The temporary closure of the account reflects Trump’s violation of Twitter rules,” the company said.

.Twitter hid three tweets for Trump “as a result of the unprecedented and continuing violent situation in Washington,” after protesters supporting the outgoing president stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to force Congress to block the ratification of Democrat Joe Biden”.

For months, Trump and his allies have amplified allegations of presidential election fraud, leading to a demonstration and storming the Capitol on Wednesday.

After the situation worsened, Trump said in a tweet that the storming of the building was a natural reaction, and blamed Vice President Mike Pence for lacking “courage” to pursue allegations of election fraud.

Facebook and YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google, also removed the video.

Facebook later announced that it would close Trump’s page for 24 hours, with Vice President of Integrity Jay Rosen saying trump’s video “contributes to rather than reducing the risk of continued violence”.

The company said it would ban calls to bring weapons to locations across the country, and remove any support for events at the Capitol.

Twitter and Facebook worked against QAnon’s main accounts last year, but influencers were able to direct their followers to new platforms such as Parler, closed channels such as those on Telegram, where their behavior was difficult to track.

As the siege of the Capitol escalated, civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, called on social media companies to permanently suspend Trump’s accounts. “Twitter and Facebook should be isolated,” tweeted former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos.

Facebook employees also demanded that Trump’s accounts be shut down by transparency from executives on how they handled the situation.

One staff member wrote: “Can we get some courage and actual action from the leadership in response to this behavior? Your silence is disappointing at least, and criminal at worst.” Internal communications managers quickly closed comments on topics.

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