On Wednesday, 6th January, 2021, Twitter said President Trump’s account would remain blocked for 12 hours, following the removal of three tweets that represented “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
Facebook likewise said it was blocking Trump’s page on the social network for 24 hours. “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,” Facebook said in a tweet. Instagram also will block Trump’s ability to post for 24 hours based on the statement from Instagram Head, Adam Mosseri.
Twitter said that if the offending tweets are not removed, Trump’s account will remain disabled. The company also warned that @realDonaldTrump would be permanently blocked if his account violated rules in the future
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., 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 team said in a tweet.
The Twitter Safety team added, “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
Despite Twitter not specifying the Trump tweets, it’s evident that Trump’s video message to rioters in Washington, D.C., in which he told them to go home and at the same time said to them “We love you, you’re very special” with the repeated baseless assertions that the U.S. presidential election was fraudulent.
Facebook and YouTube removed similar video posted by Trump, while Facebook cited the risk of increased violence, YouTube said the content violated its ban on election misinformation. Earlier, Twitter had blocked users from retweeting, liking or commenting on on the tweet “due to a risk of violence.”
Variety informed that in another Trump tweet, which also is no longer available, he said, “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 & in peace. Remember this day forever!” A third Trump tweet from earlier Wednesday that’s now gone said, “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. USA demands the truth!”
Trump had at different occasions attacked the social media platform on censorship, labeling Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a pet issue.
Section 230 grants internet companies legal protections for content shared on their services and allows them to moderate content on their services as they deem fit. Trump had vetoed a defense spending bill, which Congress overrode, in part over his demand that a repeal of Section 230 be included in it.