Twitter has suspended President Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours after removing three tweets that it says were “repeated and severe violations” of its “civic integrity” policy and Facebook has suspended him for 24 hours, citing two “policy violations.”
In an escalatory move, Twitter says the account will be permanently suspended if any further posts breach this policy and the account will remain locked unless Trump deletes the three “offending” tweets.
The decision comes after Trump tweeted a video that Twitter deleted said posed a “risk of violence,” yet contained Trump’s call for protesters at the Capitol to peacefully go home.
Facebook too removed a post from the President.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the Twitter Safety account tweeted.
“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked. Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
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.”