Donald Trump Banned From Social Media for 12 Hours

President Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for 12 hours on Wednesday evening after he posted a video praising a seditious mob of his supporters who laid siege to the United States Capitol, which temporarily delayed the congressional certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

More than a dozen domestic terrorists were arrested. One woman, who was shot by Capitol Police inside the building, died. Her identity has not yet been released to the public.

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Per NBC News:

Twitter’s safety team put out a statement saying the ‘calls to violence’ were a violation of its rules.

‘In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules,’ the statement said. ‘In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked.’

Twitter removed several Trump tweets, including one in which Trump repeated his lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent – a claim that inevitably manifested into an unprecedented public mutiny against the democratically-elected federal government.

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @RealDonaldTrump‘s Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the platform announced at 7:02 p.m. “This means that the account of @RealDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”

“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @RealDonaldTrump account,” Twitter continued. “Our public interest policy — which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years — ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe.”

“We’ll continue to evaluate the situation in real-time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter,” the site added. “We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary.”

According to NBC’s reporting, YouTube said that Trump’s video violated “policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome.”

Facebook, meanwhile, said that “the violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules,” NBC reported.

Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, added on Twitter that “this is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”

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