WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald J. Trump has lost access to his Twitter and Facebook accounts after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Twitter said they blocked the President’s tweets and locked his accounts for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
Trump has over 88 million followers on Twitter where the company said,”Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
“We have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labelled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence,” Twitter said.
Trump made a statement through his director of Social Media, Dan Scavino.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said through Scavino. “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Facebook has also put Trump in “Facebook jail”, a place many users of the service often find themselves in.
“We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” the social media giant said.
Facebook told the BBC, “The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”
Instagram, Snap Chat and YouTube have also taken action against the President ranging from 24-hour bans to deletion of posts and content.