Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat Suspend Donald Trump

Social Media Giants React to Pro-Trump Protesters Storming the US Capitol

Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat have locked Donald Trump out of his accounts in an attempt to prevent him from circulating misinformation and inciting violence on their platforms.

The social media giants were driven to take these unprecedented measures after protesters supporting President Trump charged into the US Capitol on Wednesday, whilst Trump took to social media to contest the election results and applaud his supporters.

Both Twitter and Facebook removed and flagged a selection of Trumps posts deemed misleading or encouraging brutality and unlawful activity.

[Image Creds: Twitter]

Facebook has suspended Trump from posting to his account on both Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, whilst Twitter has taken its measures a step further. The company has banned Trump from Tweeting for 12 hours and requires that he deletes three Tweets that breach Twitter’s ‘Civic Integrity policy.’ In the event that Trump disobeys this order, Twitter will permanently suspend his account.

[Image Creds: Twitter]

Twitter began taking actions against Trump after he posted a video praising his protestors, which the social networking service (along with Facebook and Youtube) subsequently removed. In this video Trump encouraged his supporters to “go home,” whilst conflictingly upholding the fabrications and false claims that incentivised Wednesday’s attempted revolt, labelling the election “stolen” and telling his loyal rioters, “we love you”.

Trump’s mixed messages also coloured a handful Trump’s recent Tweets, particularly one regarding the anarchy in Washington that termed the rioters “great patriots” and has since been deleted by Twitter.

[Image Creds: Twitter]

Snapchat has followed in Twitter and Facebook’s footsteps – Rachel Racusen, the Director Of Communications at Snap Inc., released a statement saying “we can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump’s Snapchat account.” This action was taken on Wednesday and the company plan to monitor the situation closely before re-evaluating its decision.

In the last 24 hours, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat have underlined their commitment to combatting Trump’s threatening dissemination of exaggerations, provocations and lies. Let’s hope that the actions of these powerful companies will help to prevent any shocking outcomes, alike what unfolded at the US Capitol, from happening in future.

Finally, for our previous #SocialShort, click here.

  • Outstanding Agency! I've been working with Influence Digital and they consistently impress. Their expert team, clear communication, and innovative approach make them invaluable partners. Highly recommend!Alvaro Lopez, Primavera Sound
  • Across Paid Social and Creative, ID are experts in their field. Their collaborative approach, expert insights, strategic optimisation and passion for our business have been pivotal to the success of countless major film releases over the years.Chris Besseling, eOne Films
  • From straightforward project management and scheduling to more creative ideas, Influence Digital are flexible, innovative and adaptable. I am always grateful for the support and incredible experience.Niko Michault, Push Music Management (Jack Savoretti)
  • It has been the biggest pleasure to work with Influence Digital, both as a team and also as individuals. They’ve felt like an extension of our team and I’m so grateful for it. What I especially appreciate is their ongoing motivation to make things better. They’ve set a very high benchmark for me.Sophie Rix, The Prince’s Trust
  • We were very fortunate to have had Influence Digital involved in promoting the P!nk Summer Carnival 2023 shows in the UK. They managed the campaign throughout and ensured we achieved the results we were after. It is always a great pleasure to work with the talented Influence Digital team.Ben Martin, Marshall Arts (P!nk and Elton John)
  • Influence Digital have a fantastic and dynamic team who truly understand their client’s needs. Having worked with a number of agencies, it’s great to come across one who genuinely feels like they’re part of your team. They’re highly collaborative and ultimately get things done and deliver results.Tom Noeding, RS Group
  • Influence were and continue to be paramount to the success of a number of projects across the ATC roster. They are brilliant creative thinkers, always on the ball, understanding of the artist's vision and a joy to work with.Jai Shaw, ATC Management
  • Influence Digital has really helped us reach our digital marketing goals. They are experienced, attentive and effective, and have proven to be an important asset in our organisation.Naoise Kavanagh, Jigsaw
  • Influence Digital have been a crucial part of the Anjunabeats and Above & Beyond story for over 15 years, and we hugely appreciate the cutting edge expertise and sage advice they have given us during that time.Tony McGuinness, Anjunabeats / Above & Beyond