Twitter, Facebook suspend Donald Trump's accounts amid Capitol violence

Twitter, Facebook suspend Donald Trump's accounts amid Capitol violence

Facebook and Twitter suspended President Donald Trump from posting to their platforms on January 7 following the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters.

Twitter locked Trump out of his account for 12 hours and said that future violations by Trump could result in a permanent suspension. The company required the removal of three of Trump's tweets, including a short video in which he urged those supporters to “go home” while also repeating falsehoods about the integrity of the presidential election. Trump's account deleted those posts; had they remained, Twitter had threatened to extend his suspension.

Facebook followed up in the evening, announcing that Trump wouldn't be able to post for 24 hours following two violations of its policies.

Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram also said it is suspending Trump’s account for 24 hours. “We are blocking President Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well,” Instagram’s head Adam Mosseri said in a Twitter post.

Axios cited a Snapchat spokesperson confirming that the company had locked Trump's Snapchat account, making it the fourth major platform to take action against the outgoing president’s social media accounts.