Social media platforms block toxic Trump

Posted by Andile Sicetsha

President Donald Trump will have to find other ways to spread his hate speech after social media platforms blocked his access for at least 24 hours.

Trump may have incited the US Capitol violence

The outgoing president’s tumultuous relationship with Twitter HQ is well-documented. At least one in every two tweets from Trump’s personal Twitter account — since the start of the 2020 elections — has been flagged for disinformation or hate speech.

The latter, it’s believed, is the catalyst to the shocking events that unfolded inside the US Capitol building in Washington DC, on Wednesday.

Scores of Trump supporters stormed into the building, accusing Democrat lawmakers of ‘stealing’ the election, as Congress huddled to officiate Joe Biden as the next US president.

Joe Biden and Trump release statements after US Capitol riots

Biden implored Americans to remain calm amid these unprecedented times, chalking the blame of the US Capitol riots on “a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.”

Trump also released a statement after the riots, where four people were killed. The outgoing president failed to condemn the actions of his supporters, opting for a tone deaf call for his people to “respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue.”

Social media shuts down Trump for 24 hours

To play their part in silencing the influence of Trump on millions of his supremist supporters, social media platforms restricted the president from posting, for at least 24 hours.

Twitter gave Trump 12 hours to remove tweets that violate the platform’s Civic Integrity Policy. Failure to do so will result in the president’s account remaining locked indefinitely.

Facebook and Instagram also blocked Trump from using the apps.

At the time this article was published, debates on the result of the electoral college vote were ongoing with the expectation that Biden will be announced as America’s next president.