Facebook and Instagram started suspending Donald Trump indefinitely; then Twitter banned the official profile for good. This weekend, dominoes continued to fall: Twitch and Snapchat deactivated the American president’s account, while Reddit, TikTok and Pinterest put restrictions on his supporters. Below are the platforms that took action after the invasion of the US Capitol.
O Twitter banned Trump on Friday night, saying the account violates his Policy Against Glorification of Violence.
The social network also removed accounts from Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser; attorney Sidney Powell, who disseminated false theories about fraud in the US presidential election; and Ron Watkins, who runs the 8kun forum, formerly known as 8chan. They all support Trump and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Facebook and Instagram
O Facebook suspended Trump indefinitely, at least until Joe Biden takes office on January 20. O Instagram followed the same policy.
“We believe that the risks of allowing the president to continue using our services during this period are simply too great,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The two networks are also removing posts that support the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, or that attempt to organize new such invasions, as well as banning conspiracy theories that induce violence, such as QAnon.
Twitch and Snapchat
Trump’s official channel on the streaming platform Twitch has been disabled. “Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the incendiary rhetoric of the president, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence,” said the company, which belongs to Amazon, in a statement.
O Snapchat used a similar argument to close the president’s account, stating that it was used to promote hatred and incite violence.
Google, Apple and Amazon
Google and Apple did not take any direct action against Trump, but banned the Parler, an alternative social network widely used by supporters of the American president. THE Amazonin turn cut off the app’s access to the AWS cloud, preventing it from working for the next few days – but it promises to come back.
O YouTube went on to implement a rule that allows removing any channel that propagates misinformation about the U.S. elections, including the official profile of Trump – which still remains on the air.
Meanwhile, Steve Bannon’s War Room channel was banned on Friday: the former White House chief strategist had been inciting violent actions for months and claiming the election was stolen from Trump.
Reddit and Discord
Trump does not have an official account at Reddit, but the site hosted the r / DonaldTrump community that supported the president and disseminated #StopTheSteal false theories about election fraud. The group was banned on Friday because usage policies “prohibit content that promotes hatred or encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence,” says the company.
O Discord, in turn, decided to ban the server The Donald. “Although there is no evidence that it was used to organize the January 6 riots, Discord decided to ban the entire server today due to its open connection to an online forum used to incite violence and plan an armed uprising in the US,” explains the company in a statement.
TikTok and Pinterest
Trump definitely didn’t have an official profile on TikTok, and actually wanted the Chinese app to be sold to an American company, under penalty of being banned – which it didn’t.
Instead, TikTok pledged to remove “content or accounts that try to incite, glorify or promote violence”, as well as redirect hashtags like #StormTheCapitol and #PatriotParty to their community guidelines.
O Pinterest did something similar: in fact, the social network has been limiting hashtags like #StopTheSteal since November and “continues to monitor and remove harmful content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories that may incite violence”.
Stripe and Shopify
THE Stripe will no longer process payments for Trump’s election campaign, which is still raising money. And the e-commerce platform Shopify knocked down two stores associated with the president for violating his policies on promoting violence.
With information: Axios.