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President Trump Gives Remarks at the 36th Annual National Peace... In a rare move, Twitter locked Trump's account because the company said he violated its rules against interfering in elections or other civic processes.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump posted several tweets that included baseless claims about election fraud. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos.
The platform is reportedly set to return access to Trump's account on Thursday morning, after being locked for 12 hours. In the video, Trump urged his supporters to “go home now” but also repeated false claims about election fraud.
On Thursday, YouTube further tightened the policy that Trump's video violated -- an intensification that could accelerate termination of his account if his channel continues to run afoul of it. While social networks have generally labeled Trump's posts about election fraud, violence at the US Capitol prompted them to take tougher action.
A woman was fatally shot inside US Capitol in a standoff between law enforcement and Trump supporters, according to multiple media reports. Congress returned to the Capitol late Wednesday and certified Biden's Electoral College win early Thursday.
“Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior-and go even further than they have by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel insurrection,” Obama said in a note posted to Twitter on Thursday. Her post addressed many issues, including the stark contrast between how rioters were treated on Wednesday at the Capitol versus the violence Black Lives Matter protesters experienced over the summer, and said she prays Americans will give President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a chance.
Tasks Katopodis/Getty Images Facebook will “indefinitely” block President Donald Trump from its platforms, saying his posts pose an unacceptable risk in the wake of a harrowing attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergannounced the unprecedented move on Thursday, a day after rioters stormed the legislative heart of America's democracy as Congress met inside to certify Joe Biden as the next president.
To varying degrees, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit and others have blocked, labeled or deleted posts or accounts over the last several days. Facebook's ban, which followed an earlier 24-hour block, represents the company's strongest action against Trump's use of social media to spread misinformation, stir grievances and incite violence.
The social media giant, which owns photo-sharing app Instagram, has had a mostly hands-off approach to political speech, exempting politicians from fact-checking. Instead, Facebook allowed some of Trump's controversial posts to remain visible or added labels to his baseless claims of election fraud.
“The current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.” The Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday night that four people died when a mob stormed the US Capitol.
On Thursday, Trump shared a statement via White House social media director Dan Saving that said an “orderly transition” of power would occur on Jan. 20. In the video, which marked the closest Trump has come to conceding he lost the 2020 election, the president acknowledged that Congress had certified the results.
Last month, YouTube instituted a policy to remove any new videos alleging that fraud altered the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election. With the grace period, channels breaking the rule would have the offending video removed but face no other penalties.
The company told The New York Times it had made the decision after the president tweeted that if protesters outside the White House breached the fence, they'd be “greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons.” “In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the president's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.” The site has dedicated teams to enforce its policies, and the company has built an internal tool to “detect and remove policy-breaking content,” a spokesperson said Thursday.
Gab CEO Andrew CORBA said in an email that the Trump video other social networks removed “explicitly called for peace.” On Wednesday, some Gab users documented themselves going into the offices of Congress members and called for people inside the building to hunt down Vice President Mike Pence, who Trump had criticized earlier in the day, The New York Times reported.
“We expect everyone on our platform to follow our community guidelines, and content and accounts that violate our policies are removed,” the company said in a statement. “We have a zero-tolerance policy against hate and violence of any kind on the platform, or the use of Discord to support or organize around violent extremism,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.