Last week, Donald Trump’s favorite social media platform Twitter, announced that it is banning the American President for his role in the mob invasion of the American Houses of congress.
Twitter initially placed a 12-hour suspension on the President before permanently suspending his handle later.
Social media heavyweights such as Facebook and Instagram have followed suit in an attempt to curb incendiary speech.
Here are all the online platforms that have either banned or restricted harmful speech, and where the US President might look next in his search for a new megaphone.
Twitter has permanently suspended Trump’s account, citing the “risk of further incitement of violence”, following the riot at the Capitol that left a police officer and several others dead.
It had already put a freeze on the President’s account and announced it was reviewing his tweets.
“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,” a statement from Twitter said.
Facebook has suspended Trump from its platform at least until Inauguration Day, January 20, when Joe Biden takes over as president.
The company says the risk from allowing Trump to use the platform before then is “simply too great.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the site was already removing or flagging his posts in which breached rules, but the riots on the Capitol changed everything.
“The current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” he said.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has also banned Trump for two weeks.
“Given the exceptional circumstances, and the fact that the President has decided to condone rather than condemn yesterday’s violence at the Capitol, we are extending the block we have placed on his accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks,” head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said.
Google has suspended Parler, a “free speech” Twitter clone popular with Trump supporters, from its Play Store pending the implementation of “robust moderation for egregious content”.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, has announced it will give a “strike” to channels that post videos with false claims that breach its policies.
If a channel receives three “strikes” in a 90-day period, it will be removed from the platform.
YouTube also says it has removed thousands of videos that have spread misinformation on the platform.
Apple has banned Parler from its App Store. The app rocketed to the top of its download list in the wake of the US election.
Following the riot at the US Capitol, Apple told Parler it had 24 hours to bring in changes to curb harmful content.
But Parler was banned after the measures it proposed were not deemed to be good enough.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” Apple said in a statement.
TikTok, the social media company that Trump said he would ban, has reportedly removed videos that helped incite violence at the Capitol.
The company has said it will also redirect popular hashtags used by the rioters.
The online content aggregator has banned the popular subreddit group r/DonaldTrump for inciting violence.
A note on the page currently reads: “This community was banned due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence.”
Snapchat has joined other social media platforms in issuing bans following the riot at the US Capitol.
In a statement, a Snapchat spokeswoman says Trump will not be allowed to share new content on the platform until it has decided to lift restrictions.
The online shopping platform has taken two stores linked to Trump offline following the violence. One was run by the Trump Organization and the other was run by the Trump Campaign.
“Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause,” Shopify said in a statement to the New York Times.
Trump doesn’t have an account with the popular image-sharing site. But that hasn’t stopped the site from preventing users from sharing baseless claims Trump has made about election fraud.
Where next for Trump?
In a post on the official account for the President of the United States, @POTUS, Trump says he is considering building his own platform.
“We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future,” The President said in the statement that was quickly deleted.
Some suggested Trump could join Parler, which says it has more than 12 million users. His sons Eric and Don Jr. are already active on the site.
However, Apple, Google and Amazon have suspended Parler from their app stores and web hosting services respectively.
Another potential landing spot for Trump is Gab — though both Google and Apple booted it from their app stores in 2017.
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