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Trump Suspended by Twitter, Facebook, Snap in Riot’s Wake

  • President told to delete tweets in order to restore posting
  • Violence at U.S. Capitol spurs social networks to take action
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Watch: Twitter Inc. has locked President Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours, pending the removal of three tweets that violate user policies.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. suspended Donald Trump’s accounts for the first time, finally escalating their crackdown on the president’s social media posts after he encouraged and supported rioters at the U.S. Capitol. Snap Inc. later joined them in blocking his ability to post to Snapchat.

Twitter required Trump to delete certain posts after “repeated and severe” violations of its rules on election misinformation, including a video sending love to the violent uprising in Washington protesting his November loss to Joe Biden. The same video was also removed by Google’s YouTube and helped tip the scales at Facebook, which said it’s banning Trump’s page from posting for 24 hours and extended the block to its Instagram photo-sharing service as well.