Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump’s account
Image-centric social network Snapchat said Wednesday that it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.
Trump Access to social media has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC in a deadly attack on January 6.
Operators fear Trump could use his Snapchat account to foment more unrest in the run-up to the president-elect Joe biden opening.
“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account,” Snapchat said in response to a query from AFP.
“In the interest of public safety, and based on your attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate your account.”
After the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, social media including Facebook, Twitter and Youtube began to ban you from using its platforms.
Google and Apple threw away Parler applications from its stores for digital content stores that indicated that the right-leaning social network allowed users to promote violence.
Amazon web services later expelled Parler of their data centers, essentially forcing the social network to go offline due to a lack of hosting services.
“I am neither celebrating nor proud of having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, nor how we got here,” Twitter chief Jack Dorsey wrote in a tweet Wednesday.
“After a clear warning that we would take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical security both on and off Twitter.”
The actions angered ardent supporters of Trump, who was indicted by the House of Representatives on Wednesday for inciting the “insurrection.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that he is demanding that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter explain why Trump is not welcome on their platforms.
Paxton argued that Trump’s “seemingly coordinated de-platform” silences those whose political discourse and beliefs don’t align with the leaders of big tech companies. ”
The state attorney issued administrative subpoenas asking tech companies to share their policies and practices regarding content moderation, as well as information directly related to the Parler social network.