Social media was flooded with reactions after social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram temporarily suspended US President Donald Trump’s accounts on their platforms, accusing him of breaking their content regulations, after violence broke out at the US Capitol early on Thursday morning.
While Twitter blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours, Facebook and Instagram have suspended the accounts for 24 hours. Twitter also removed three tweets made by Trump.
While many thought that the move was long overdue and received cheer on social media, other’s thought that it was too late. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
“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,” Facebook said in a statement. The company also removed certain posts made by the US President during the Capitol Hill violence last night. Instagram head Adam Mosseri also confirmed via Twitter that Trump’s account has been blocked on the photo sharing platform too.
In a social media message to protesters he said: “I love you” before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud.
Twitter said it required the removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.
The company said the President’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.
It went on to say that “Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
It means Donald Trump’s days on Twitter could be numbered. The President is not known for paying much attention to Twitter’s community guidelines.
Meanwhile, Facebook banned Trump for 24 hours. YouTube also removed the video.
Facebook said: “We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
His supporters stormed the seat of US government and clashed with police, leading to the death of one woman.
The violence brought to a halt congressional debate over Democrat Joe Biden’s election win.
In the House and Senate chambers, Republicans were challenging the certification of November’s election results.