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Social media apps Facebook and Twitter had President Donald Trump’s social accounts suspended during the protests at Capitol Hill yesterday. Twitter removed three tweets from Trump’s personal account. Then, it suspended the account for 12 hours after he insisted on continuing using the app to push his messages. 

RELATED: Twitter Suppresses Trump’s Tweets

The suspension occurred as a group of protesters descended on Congress yesterday and disrupted the ongoing Electoral College certification. Twitter also warned that further violations of its rules “will result in permanent suspension” of Trump’s Twitter account.

What Happened Before

The series of events started on January 6, as Trump held a rally in Washington DC. There, he reiterated that massive voter fraud occurred during the Presidential elections and stole votes from him. Following a remark by his attorney Rudy Giuliani, called for a “trial by combat,” the President urged followers to march to the Capitol to protest the ongoing session by Congress. He said: “We’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.” 

As protesters made their way to Congress, Trump ripped into Vice President Mike Pence for not delaying or suspending the confirmation. Pence is the presiding officer for the session that counted and confirmed the Electoral College votes. He tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” Trump tweeted. “USA demands the truth!”

Series of Tweets

Supporters managed to get inside the Capitol and occupied the offices and session halls. Congress suspended its session and evacuated its members as police tried to control the crowd. During this time, Twitter stepped in and tagged the message as disputed. It labeled it with the warning that “This claim of election fraud is disputed,” the label said, “and this Tweet can’t be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.” 

Banned Twitter account

After Police dispersed the protesters, the President sent additional tweets. These include the message:  “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace. Remember this day forever!” He also told his supporters who marched to the Capitol, some carrying Confederate flags, that he loved them. “You’re very special,” he said before asking people to go home.

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As the clashes with police and protesters died down, Trump released a video where he reiterated claims of widespread election fraud. He also urged supporters in the Capitol to go home and stay peaceful. He also called on protesters to support capitol police and law enforcement. However, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter removed the video by Wednesday evening. Twitter and Facebook initially labeled the post as containing disputed facts, but eventually, all three platforms removed the video. Later on, Twitter had Trump’s social accounts suspended. Meanwhile, Facebook and YouTube blocked any further posts.

Trump’s Social Accounts Suspended

Facebook said it blocked the president’s account from posting for 24 hours due to two policy violations. Meanwhile, Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours after removing his disputed tweets. series of his tweets. The company said through its accounts that they will unlock Trump’s account if the President removes the tweets. Trump’s official Twitter government account stayed active. Twitter’s safety team stated that “calls to violence” is a violation of its rules. Twitter did not remove his recent post, “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you! 

Then, YouTube released a statement that the video violated “policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome.” Meanwhile, Facebook also justified their ban by saying: “The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform.” The company said they are currently reviewing and removing any content that violates their rules.  

Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Integrity, tweeted: “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.” He said Instagram also removed Trump’s video.

Update (01.08.21 3:53PM PT): Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump’s account. The website cited “the risk of further incitement of violence” for the move.

View BBC Newsnight as it reports that President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Twitter are suspended due to its content:

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35 Comments

  • Otila G Robinson-Johnson says:

    Facebook and Twitter have too much power. We need to suspend them for life.

  • Kenneth willis says:

    Democracy

  • Carol B says:

    Facebook and Twitter should NOT decide what WE get to see and read. This censorship is beyond dangerous.

  • Shirley casale says:

    Twitter and Facebook support the leftist agenda and they should both be band from existence for they cause division in our country !

  • Mike says:

    It seem very crazy to me that people breached the capital until certain facts came into play. Now that we’ve seen that the same people instigating blm riots entering the capital supposedly as Trump supporters… hmm… just wondering when these individuals will be arrested and punished to the highest extent of the law.

  • Ruth Hollingsworth says:

    President Trump should just accept defeat & go on living

  • Anonymous says:

    I believe the event at the Capital Building was instigated by ANTIFA infiltrators who just want to cause problems and draw attention to themselves. I have deleated my account from facebook and WILL NEVER come back. Facebook is worse than the democratic party.

  • Kent says:

    wondering if we will see that in the leftist media.. doubtful, probably just a bunch of screaming joey supporters showing how much the hate Trump and just how stupid they are ..

  • Tommy Roberts says:

    The media is not doing the job they are supposed to do. They are filled with hate against only the conservatives and that is 100 percent wrong. If the government would do it’s job and closed them down for being so one sided America would be a better place. They are suppose to report the facts not their opinions. Remove their licenses if they cannot be honest.

  • alderson janice says:

    Twitter and face book, need to be brought to their knees.

  • Debbie says:

    I do not agree with the way social media, journalist and any other media have decided what I need to know and hear. The bias is beyond wrong. That being said, President Trump, thank you for all you did for this country while in office. Live your like to the full as was intended by our maker and don’t look back. You were treated unfairly but you are a bit of an antagonizer too. You have my thanks, prayers and deep appreciation. Thank you and may God richly bless you and your family. As for social media, I pray you will stop being a puppet for the far right before it is too late!

  • Carol Christopherson says:

    Social media should stop censoring conservative views and the president or they should be able to be sued and treated like any other medial outlet! They are becoming the China police of America! They decide who can say and see what content what happened to the first amendment?? Oh wait it got voted out fraudulently!

  • Anonymous says:

    Good for you!

  • FedUp says:

    That’s the democrats for you!! They want to control what you see, what you read, and YOUR money!

  • Kevin Reid says:

    If the people that protested would have been people of color it would have been a blood bath. He is an egotistical racist. He wants to be a dictator. Yesterday was a black mark in American history.

  • Chas says:

    Social media is one of the reasons the Dems are getting away with stealing this election! Social media should be brought to their knees!!!!

  • JR says:

    I hope these companies will enjoy the Socialist World they are pushing us toward. President Trump accomplished more in 4 years than Biden has in a lifetime.

  • Tom C says:

    You’re delusional. We watched blm burn, loot and terrorize for months, and not one of them was killed by police. Go tell your lies to someone who will listen.

  • Thomas W. Andersen says:

    Yes they should be suspended permanently. This guy is completely crazy and we should hope he doesn’t do anything bazaar over his remaking time. Get him out of here👊🧓🖕

  • Sick and tired says:

    What the President is doing is creating a social divide of the country, Even though he is the President he should be charged with sedition and enticing violence. He should have been removedfrom office a few months ago for starting all this! That is just my opinion!

  • Sheliah says:

    I believe Twitter and Facebook are socialists and communist that will let the democrats do or say anything and not get blocked because Facebook and Twitter are in bed with China and the rest of the communists and I hope they are happy with their choices because the platform they are standing up for is communists and socialists

  • Don says:

    Trump needs to move on with his life and accept the fact that he lost. The Republican Party needs to look for an honest candidate to run in 2024. Bring back the GOP and forget about this small group who think Trump is their savior. God help us unite and move on. Oh by the way we would like to see Trump return his war chest funds back to the party.

  • Jim says:

    I voted for Trump first time because he said he was the savior of U.S A. but all he did was coast on the coattails of the of the previous administrations and then isolated us from all of our allies except for Russia so if anyone is a communist it is Trump and his cronies

  • RAY says:

    I ALSO BELIVE TWITTER AND FACE BOOK ARE MOSTLEY TO BLAME AND BE ABLE TO BE SUED. ALSO CBS ABC AND NBC NEWS FOR NOT FAIRLY COVERING THE NEWS AND THE CORRUPT BIDEN FAMILY,

  • Melody LaForce says:

    Biden got in thru possible fraudulent elections. We should pass a law that if elections come up during an epidemic, pandemic or other unsafe situations, it will be postponed until it is safe to resume. Trump should stay in the house until people can COME IN PERSON TO VOTE. It’s a no brainier. We KNOW mail in ballots are a way to cast fraudulent ballots. That’s a proven fact. And no candidate should be elected when there are discrepancies. An in-person RE-VOTE election should be scheduled. This election should be forfeited. Until it is, Biden and his party will never be accepted

  • Frances Jones says:

    Yes, his tweets should be forbidden to go public. Just as responsible parents will monitor their child’s use of media, so Trump’s use of media should also be monitored. He behaves like an undisciplined child, therefore curtail his venom by cutting off his evil tongue.

  • Robert E.MILLER, Jr. says:

    Wake up democrats none of you are ever going to get faithful followers as President Trump. Give up your jealousy from the beginning is so ever present. You’re the ones who should go home in disgrace’

    The worst is yet to come the socialist democrats praise the fake news, and twitter, facebook, etc – (they don’t deserve to be capitalizes) they applaud destroying free speech except their own; the three front runners of socialisms is ban free speech, take our guns, and tax the hell out of us!! If you are not aware of there is a group trying to get a bill to collect Names, and to whom they contribute and you can bet e-mails will also be on it!

    to all the peace lovers fair winds and following seas smooth sailing. Salty

  • Carol Gacioch says:

    Trump should keep fighting. We are in for a rough ride. Socialism only benefits those at the top. I hope Nancy and chuck are happy now. She can get a new refrigerator which costs more than my house. God is in control and they will face his judgement.

  • Mike Ross says:

    Why do democrats who espouse rule of law want to punish before there’s a trial. I thought rule of law said you were innocent until proven guilty howeverNancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say that he is guilty before being proven innocent.

  • Veteran says:

    Politian’s need to remember what We the PEOPLE In The Constitution means.

  • rottenrollin says:

    This censorship is AMAZING, eh?

    But you ain’t seen nothing yet! Biden’s not even been “installed” yet.

    Buckle down, Patriots, say your prayers and reload your ammo, it’s gonna be a long haul.

    Probably be a knock on my door tomorrow at 5AM just for this little comment!?!?

  • Ann wyatt says:

    I can not believe that people are still up holding what trump caused, And NO he does not deserve a capital in his name. He should be Prosecuted !

  • Preston Lester says:

    Am I missing something, has the USA been taken over by another country and destroyed our much fought for freedoms or what?? This sounds like Nazi Germany to me?????

  • rick macas says:

    This lady that says that elections should be postponed until safe to vote but only in person. Im 71 and have a very hard time walking but because this person says that voting in person is the only way then I guess I dont get to vote. Thats being un-american also but some persons think that their way of thinking is the only way…..

  • Vicki F says:

    Donald Trump was silenced by Facebook and Twitter. I will close my accounts with both. I WILL NOT BE HANDLED BY BIG TECH. Censorship is what these platforms represent. I will always vote through legislative measures to STOP big tech censoring anyone’s voice. Facebook CEO is a lying thief. He stole the idea from college associates. He is a lying thieving pig.

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