U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Thursday with a video of Joe Biden agreeing to be the next U.S. president as other social media services, including Facebook, blocked his accounts over concerns that his messages could lead to more violent protests.
Twitter President’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account unlocked with 88 million followers Trump Tweets deleting three terms were deleted. His first post back on the platform featured a video in which he said he was focused on peaceful energy transformation and was viewed 1.4 million times in the 15 minutes he posted.
Tech companies are scrambling to thwart the president’s baseless claims about the November 3 U.S. presidential election, with four deaths as hundreds of Trump supporters stormed U.S. Capital.
Trump accounts blocked Facebook And Instagram At least two weeks and indefinitely. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg The dangers of allowing him to use the platform are “very great,” he said in a Thursday post.
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours make it clear that President Donald Trump intends to use the remaining time in office to undermine his elected successor to a peaceful and legitimate transfer of power. Joe Biden, ”Zuckerberg said in his Facebook post.
In response, White House spokesman Judd Deer said companies were censoring the president at a critical time for the country. “Big tech is out of control,” he said.
Zuckerberg said the block on Trump’s Facebook page, which has 35 million followers, will remain at least until Biden takes office on January 20.
Speaking at an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Zuckerberg told employees that it was important to “lead by example and make sure we put the country first.”
“What we have seen is that the president is doing the opposite and has instead ignited the flames of those who want to turn to violence to manipulate the election results,” according to an audio recording heard by Reuters.
Social media companies have put pressure on their platforms, including the president, for police misinformation about the U.S. election. Trump and his allies have spread unsubstantiated claims about election fraud and the president has asked protesters to go to Capitol Hill, blaming both Republicans and Democrats for the violence.
Amazon Twitch shut down the Trump Channel due to “extraordinary circumstances and the president’s incendiary rhetoric.” A spokesman said the company’s account would be re-evaluated after Trump retires.
E-commerce platform Shopify Shut down services for violating the “acceptable use” policy for stores affiliated with Trump, prompting both the campaign and the Trump organization to go offline e-commerce sites.
Blocks ‘long lasting’
The Facebook decision comes after a recent ban by some government officials in India and Myanmar for inciting violence. A Facebook spokesman said the company had never blocked the current president, prime minister or head of state.
In Facebook, Twitter and posted video YouTube On Wednesday, Trump, who was fired by platforms after garnering millions of views, repeated election fraud claims by telling protesters to go home.
Civil rights groups, including Color of Change, have called on social media to permanently ban Trump from platforms that repeatedly violate his policies.
The Anti-Defamation League hailed Facebook’s action, calling it a “clear first step”, while the NAACP said in a statement that the action was “outdated” gesture “rings” hollow.
Facebook has been criticized for excluding politicians’ posts and statements from its third-party fact-checking program and has repeatedly stated that it does not want to be a “mediator of the truth”. The company has begun labeling some of Trump’s statements in recent months, but has faced questions over why it has not acted quickly against violent rhetoric over the past few weeks.
In a statement, Democratic spokesman Benny Thompson, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement that “a group of domestic terrorists were” deeply disappointed that Capital had stormed up to take action on Facebook “and” wondered whether the decision was opportunistic “motivated by democratically controlled congressional news.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner, incoming chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said social media activity was not going well.
“These platforms have been the core organizing infrastructure for violent, right-wing groups and militia movements for many years now, helping to recruit, manage, coordinate and, in many cases (especially in relation to YouTube), profit from their violent, terrorist content,” he said in a statement. Said.
YouTube, which is owned by Alphabets Google, Any channel that posts videos with false arguments about election results will be temporarily restricted from uploading or live streaming.
YouTube did not respond to a request for a ban on the Trump account, as did Facebook, but a Twitter spokesman said it was “continuing to assess the situation in real time, including monitoring activities on the ground and making announcements made by Twitter.”
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