Following the horrifying violence at the Capitol Hill, Twitter decided to ban the account of Donald Trump for posting tweets that have the potential to incite more violence. Not just twitter, most social media organisations including Facebook, Snapchat and Reddit have taken action against the man.
Prior to permanently banning, Twitter had temporarily blocked the account on Wednesday after the riots took place. It had also strictly warned the Ex-President about the consequences of his actions if he continued to post radical tweets. However, when the suspension was lifted on Thursday, he posted a video confirming that Joe Biden won. In the same tweet he declared that he wouldn't be attending the inauguration on January 20th.
In another tweet, he praised the rioters and called them patriots for storming the Capitol.
The tweet read, "The 75000000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!"
These tweets have led people to further believe that the election was staged, Twitter said. Also the fact that Trump incited this violence and praised the rioters has been the breaking point for the social media giant.
Even though Donald Trump's personal account was banned, he has access to the White House and POTUS accounts. These will be taken away from him once Joe Biden is officially sworn in as the President.
Facebook has indefinitely banned his account for the same reasons as above. Along with it, Snapchat has also removed his handle. To quell his voice further, Google banned Parley, an app that was used by his supporters to express themselves. The app is no longer available on Google Play.
Twitch has also banned the ex President's channel indefinitely, seeing that he used the platform to stream his rallies. Online shopping sites are also removing the stores that sell Trump Merchandise, sources say.
It all leads us back to these questions - Should the social media organisations police big shots like these for their influence over people, and why wasn't action taken earlier? Trump has a history of tweeting radical, violent tweets and the social media organisations didn't take any action for those. However, seems like times have changed and people had enough.