IN BRIEF

Social media platforms temporarily suspend Trump

Washington, D.C.

7 January 2021

On Wednesday 6 January, Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., as Congress was convening to certify the results of the November 2020 election.

As the rioting raged, the outgoing president posted a series of tweets repeating unfounded allegations of electoral fraud, leading to Twitter first flagging the posts, then deleting three tweets and temporarily suspending the account.

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the Twitter Safety account tweeted.

“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.”

Facebook and Facebook-owned platform Instagram followed suit with a 24-hour ban.

“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,” read a statement from Facebook’s Newsroom.