After the riots at the US Capitol last week, President Donald Trump got permanently banned from major social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Twitter decided to ban Trump permanently on 8th December, Friday, with a note that read- “after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them’, the platform has ‘permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
While other social media platforms, like Snapchat as well as TikTok, have followed the same.
Sadly, Parler, an app that comes up with ‘free speech’ and provides a great alternative to Twitter as well as Facebook. It is one of the most popular apps among Trump supporters. Currently, both Apple and Google removed it.
As per The New York Times, Amazon also told Parler last night that for repeatedly violating rules, it would boot the company from its web-hosting service on Sunday.
Chief executive John Matze, Parler’s, told ‘Big tech really wants to kill competition. And I have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours to make sure everyone’s data is not permanently deleted off the internet.’
Twitter’s full statement concerning Trump’s use of the platform to incite violence, include-
In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.
Facebook state similar concerns that the risk of allowing Trump to continue using its platform are ‘simply too great’.
He also said that the social media platforms will remain banned at least till 20th January when Joe Biden takes office or indefinitely.