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Trump's Facebook and Twitter accounts locked after his posts about the US Capitol riots

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Update, January 6 (7:30pm ET): Twitter has temporarily locked Trump's account.

Update, January 6 (8:30pm ET): Facebook has temporarily locked Trump's account.

What you need to know

  • Trump posted a video addressing his supporters who rioted the U.S. Capitol.
  • Facebook and YouTube were quick to restrict and remove the video from their sites.
  • Twitter moderated the video for some time before removing it altogether.

The U.S. Capitol has been put on lockdown due to rioters storming the building in the wake of the ongoing presidential election certification. President Trump issued a number of tweets in response to the rioting, including a video asking his supporters to go home, despite not actually denouncing the violence that occurred. In the video, Trump continued his claims that the election was stolen and fraudulent, which prompted social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to take action to moderate and remove the video.

At first, Twitter restricted users from interacting with the video, stating that "this claim of election fraud is disputed, and this tweet can't be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence." The video has since been removed, but unfortunately not before it was viewed more than 12 million times.

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Both YouTube and Facebook were quicker to remove the video from their sites. YouTube told The Verge that they're "working to quickly remove livestreams and other content that violates our policies, including those against incitement to violence or regarding footage of graphic violence." Facebook's Vice President of Integrity also made a statement about the decision:

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When the riots began, lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol had been working to certify the election results that President Trump has been insistent on challenging since Joe Biden was announced the new president-elect. They plan to continue their count once the building has been secured.

Update, January 6 (7:30pm ET) ― Twitter has temporarily locked Trump's account due to violations

Following the removal of Trump's posts, including a video where he addressed his supporters and rioters of the U.S. Capitol, Twitter has placed a temporary lock on Trump's account, citing violations of Twitter's civic integrity policy.

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His account is locked for 12 hours, but Trump could face permanent suspension for any future violations.

Update, January 6 (8:30pm ET) ― Facebook has also temporarily locked Trump's account due to violations

Facebook has also blocked Trump's account for 24 hours following the removal of his video. The ban will remain in place for 24 hours. Speaking to the NYT's Mike Isaac, a Facebook spokesperson said:

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.

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  • Isn't it about time? Sadly, the lies have persisted for years with no action...
  • And all it took was inciting insurrection and attempting to destroy the very fabric of the democracy Americans claim to hold so dear. For a temp ban, obviously that's not serious enough for a perma.
  • Haha, right......lmao
  • Exactly! Took them long enough...
  • Android central!! Please stop to post political articles, this is becoming more and more the new norm, STOP!
  • Fake news, Antifa infiltrated the Trump supporters to make them look bad. They put pipe bombs in the RNC HQ, they staged propane tanks on streets and 2x4. All stuff fake media won't tell you.
  • You're a blind fool.
  • No more blind than jumping to ANY conclusions. We should all chew on today's events, and the details that will inevitably emerge, for at least 48 hours. Maybe he's right. Maybe he isn't. You don't know yet.
  • Give me a break. I don't need to wait for squat. I know exactly what happened today
  • Of course you do. So does Kinster. Funny:
    You: "Give me a break."
    Me: "Take a 48 hour break."
    You: "Nah, I'm good."
  • I can tell you what happened in Georgia today also . Read it and weep
  • So Georgia is how you KNOW what happened at the Capitol today? WTF are you even rambling about? 🤣🤣🤣
  • No stupid. Two different things. Go back to school Pookie 🤦 And don't forget to floss...
  • Really??
    That was a wake up call if any. And I hope they enact the 25th Amendment to remove him from presidency! Antifa never gets that close to the WH because they won't let them. And it isn't the new Norm posting articles like this in the site.
    Americans need to be reminded of how nasty this whole thing got. You can have a right to who you want to stand behind but that today was uncalled for and he was the ring leader.
  • Yeah, it really looked like Antifa, an all white crowd of angry Trumpers. Only thing missing was tiki torches. Thank GOD this corrupt thug is getting the boot. He can take his nutjob conspiracy theories w him.
  • So when trump supporters are proud of the chaos. That's fake too
  • No. That's real. They're finally playing by the same rules.
  • Did you know that 1 out of 3 Trump supporters are as stupid as the other 2?
  • Why are so many Americans this batsh*t crazy? Or are they just not that bright? 😕
  • Oh dear America. Your coming across to the globe as a third world country. Just get rid of that clown.
  • 13 more days. Just 13 more days
  • "but unfortunately not before it was viewed 12 million times." Way to expose your extreme political bias. President Trump called for peace and for all the people to go home. What exactly is "unfortunate" about 12 million people viewing that?
  • It was news and everyone kept linking to it. What did everyone expect?
  • The long-term damage caused by TDS blinds many. Nothing Trump could have said would make these snowflakes happy. His calls for peace? "Durrrr! He's inciting insurrection!" His request for people to return home? "Persistent lies!"
    All the while, they supported and encouraged BLM and Antifa mob violence which sent a clear message to anyone watching: This is how you get results. Lesson learned, suckers. This is only the beginning. Can't wait for Biden to tax guns.
  • Grow up, Pookie.
  • Arm up, Fuzzy.
  • Don't have to, thankfully I'm not an American. Are you? Really?
  • Explains why you clearly have no clue what I was referring to. 🤣 That's ok; you've got your own issues to deal with in your "utopia."
  • I know what you're talking about. I certainly do not live in a "utopia", but I can see why you'd think it is from your position. You have my sympathy.
  • You are scum. Plain and simple. You should be banned from ever posting here again.
  • Did you know that 1 out of 3 Trump supporters are as stupid as the other 2?
  • There is a bigger issue here. We are letting Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube decide what can and cannot be viewed by the public. You or I may not agree with a video or post made by someone but that should not limit that person from posting it the first place.
  • I wrote in a different article comment: social media companies don't realize they've been breeding everything we're now seeing. And they think censorship will help? Oh, dear.
  • Why is this news on here? I don't want this stuff mucking up my tech feed.
  • Besides the fact that technology and politics are inexorably linked these days, you're about 6 years late on the "Android Central should be about Android!" line.
  • Because it's a slow news day for Android tech, but AC needs to push ads in your face, so they occasionally post something that is purely clickbait.
  • Shocking events. Misuse of social media for four years which no one stopped.
  • Last I heard, Twitter was a public platform that anyone could use, including the POTUS.
  • The 72 million koolaid drinkers who voted for this terrorist in the White House are responsible for this attack on our Capitol. Every time I see one of these stupid Trump flags flying, I almost puke. They worship this clown like a god.
  • Personality cult a la Kim Jong-Un. Shows you only how stupid many Americans are. And the dictators of the world took notice. They're gonna laugh in our faces next time we lift the moral club against them. Greatest country on earth my ass!
  • Did you know that 1 out of 3 Trump supporters are as stupid as the other 2?
  • Demestic terrorists and toothless thugs. And the funniest part is their act of terror...didn't work. Typical of their incompetence. It probably hastened the certification of Biden, and the exit of their cult leader. They can all go... F themselves
  • I heard Iraqi Troops were being deployed to keep the peace and save your democracy 🤷🏻‍♂️
  • "Germany and France attacked Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. after U.S. President Donald Trump was shut off from the social media platforms, in an extension of Europe’s battle with big tech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel objected to the decisions, saying on Monday that lawmakers should set the rules governing free speech and not private technology companies." -- Bloomberg News Too bad that people in the US cannot see how dangerous the path they've embarked upon is...