Why Twitter and Facebook locked Trump's accounts

Why Twitter and Facebook locked Trump's accounts
  • PublishedJanuary 7, 2021

Both Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday deleted two of President Donald Trump’s post and later temporarily locked his accounts.

The posts, which President Trump posted in connection with the Capitol Building protests, expressed support for the rioters.

In the deleted posts, Trump urged the rioters to “go home” but said that he knows their “pain”. He added that “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away.”

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According to the Twitter management, President Trump’s account will be locked for 12 hours but it won’t be unblocked until Trump has deleted the tweets.

“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 warned.

Facebook on the other hand has locked President Trump’s account for 24 hours. Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen said that President Trump will not be able to post in that time frame because his posts “contribute to rather than diminish the risk of ongoing violence”.

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Though this is not the first time that Twitter and Facebook have removed President Trump’s posts, it’s their first time to block Trump’s accounts. This comes in the backdrop of a lot of uproar from key figures in media and technology who have on numerous occasions said that the US president is using his accounts to spread misinformation and violence.

Featured Image: President Donald Trump. [Source: people.com]

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