United States (US) President Donald Trump has been blocked by social media giants Facebook and Twitter over concerns he promoted violence by tweeting to supporters who stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
According to the media reports, the President was suspended from Facebook and Twitter both after he shared a 62-second video on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where he told the Capitol Hill protesters “I love you” before urging them to go home. The US president also leveled unfounded allegations of election fraud in the video.
Twitter said it wants three tweets by the US president removed for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity Policy”. If Trump fails to do that, the US president’s account may remain suspended for good.
“Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” said Twitter.
Facebook, on the other hand, banned the US president for 24 hours while YouTube removed the video of Trump’s message.
“We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” said Facebook.
After the violence took place, the US president appeared on video, telling supporters “I love you” and describing them as “patriots”. YouTube said it removed the video because it “violated policies on spreading election fraud”.