Social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday have blocked US President Donald Trump from posting on their platforms as rioters attacked the US Capitol and violent protests broke out in Washington DC.
While Twitter said Trump‘s account will be locked until he deletes three tweets. Facebook and Instagram said Trump won’t be able to post for 24 hours.
Facebook also removed posts, including a video that Trump posted on the platform in support of the mob descending on the US Capitol.
“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,” Guy Rosen, Facebook vice president of integrity said in a tweet.
A statement put out by Facebook read: “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.”.
Trump’s account on Facebook-owned Instagram will also be locked for 24 hours, Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed.