Social media was flooded with reactions after social media giants Facebook and Twitter temporarily locked the accounts of US President Donald Trump following the siege of the US Capitol by supporters.
The move came after the president published a string of inaccurate and inflammatory tweets, including in a short video as his supporters stormed the Capitol in an unprecedented effort to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory on Wednesday.
We made the decision that on balance these posts contribute to, rather than diminish, the risk of ongoing violence,” Facebook said.
The California-based social media giant said it was handing Trump “a 24-hour feature block” preventing him from posting.
Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours and said that the ban could be extended if several of his tweets that rejected the election results and appeared to incite violence were not deleted. The company also said that the account will be permanently suspended if he continues violating Twitter’s policies against violent threats and election misinformation.