Twitter locks down Trump's account

Source: Politico | January 6, 2021 | Cristiano Lima

Social media companies faced fresh calls to suspend or remove Trump amid Wednesday’s unrest, which caused Capitol Hill to go into lockdown.

Twitter said Wednesday it locked President Donald Trump’s account for repeatedly violating its rules in posts about the Capitol Hill breach, and it would remain locked until the president took down the posts.

It’s the harshest enforcement action to date against the president by the social media company, which critics have long criticized for not taking more forceful action against Trump.

Earlier, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter took down on one of his posts after he called for rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to “go home” but repeated the baseless allegations of a rigged election that drew scores of his supporters to Washington.

Twitter also removed two other tweets from the president Wednesday, including one attacking Vice President Mike Pence and one calling the rioters “great patriots.”


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