President Trump found himself in Twitter and Facebook suspension on Wednesday for violating their policies, with Twitter taking things a step further, saying that additional violations would result in a “permanent suspension.”
The suspensions came after Trump posted a video telling protestors to “go home” while also discussing how the 2020 election was “stolen.”
“In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules,” Twitter said in a statement. “Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly.”
“In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, retweeted, or liked,” Twitter added.
“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said.
Facebook removed the video as well and locked Trump’s account for 24 hours.
Prior to the lockout, the president talked about the social media companies to his supporters gathered at the rally saying, “Twitter’s bad news, they’re all bad news. If you want to go through social media, big tech, if you’re a Republican or have a big voice, they shadowban you.”
While the president’s accounts were locked down, Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump condemned the violence and destruction as it was happening. Trump Jr. posted a link to a video of the Capitol building breach and said, “This is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side. We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone.”
Trump’s social media accounts all remained quiet on Thursday morning.