Donald Trump is BANNED!

Donald Trump is BANNED from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for up to a day over message about ‘great patriots’ storming Congress while YouTube removes his video claiming election was ‘stolen’

  • Twitter Wednesday night announced that Trump’s account is locked for 12 hours
  • Twitter removed three of the president’s tweets for the first time
  • YouTube and Facebook also removed the posts from their sites 
  • Facebook and Instagram blocked Trump from accessing his pages for 24 hours 
  • Snapchat on Wednesday morning blocked him indefinitely, before his video 
  • One deleted post called the mob that raided Congress ‘great patriots’
  • Another was a video in which he said he ‘loved’ protesters who overrun police
  • In the clip Trump said the election was ‘stolen’ and he understood their anger
  • Trump blocked ‘for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy’
  • Facebook banned employees from discussing events on internal message board 

Twitter has suspended Donald Trump‘s account for 12 hours and for the first time deleted his tweets after he praised the mob who stormed Congress and said he ‘loved’ them.

YouTube and Facebook also followed suit in removing the posts, with Facebook and Instagram also blocking Trump from their platform for 24 hours.

Snapchat blocked him on Wednesday morning, before he filmed the video. The platform said their locking of his account was indefinite. 

One of the deleted tweets read: ‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!’

In the deleted video, he poured more fuel on the fire, claiming the election was ‘stolen’ and telling the rioters that he ‘loved’ them.

Facebook also barred its employees from discussing the Capitol Hill rioting on internal message boards, where tech company workers were demanding the president be permanently banned from the site. 

Trump told rioting supporters: ‘I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. 

‘It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.’

Trump said it was ‘a very tough period of time,’ and emphasized his own personal loss. 

‘There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country. 

‘This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. 

‘We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home at peace.’

Twitter said it had removed the tweets for violating their ‘Civic Integrity policy’. 

‘As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,’ the social media company said.

‘This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.’ 

A Facebook spokesman said: ‘We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.’ 

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, said: ‘We are locking President Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well.’ 

Andy Stone, another Facebook spokesman, earlier told CNN Business: ‘The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace.’

He added: ‘We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.’

Farshad Shadloo, YouTube spokesperson, said in an email to Insider: ‘We removed a video posted this afternoon to Donald Trump’s channel that violated our policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. 

‘We do allow copies of this video if uploaded with additional context and sufficient educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA) value.’ 

And Rachel Racusen told The Information that Trump’s Snapchat account was also locked.

‘We can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump’s Snapchat account,’ she said in a statement. Paramedics and protesters work together to transport a wounded man on a barrier near the Capitol

Paramedics and protesters work together to transport a wounded man on a barrier near the Capitol The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol Police

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol PoliceA protester walks through Congress carrying Nancy Pelosi's lectern after storming the CapitolA protester walks through Congress carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern after storming the CapitolThe DC National Guard was deployed to the streets to help enforce a 6pm curfewThe DC National Guard was deployed to the streets to help enforce a 6pm curfew 

He will not be able to share new content until Snap decides to lift the restriction, she said, noting that his account was locked on Wednesday before he posted the video about the ‘stolen’ election.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have previously labeled content posted by the president with warnings over the last year, in particular his claims about election fraud and COVID-19. 

Throughout the 2020 presidential election, the platforms placed labels on dozens of Trump’s tweets that made false or misleading claims about voter fraud.

However, this appears to be the first time Twitter flagged a tweet as posing ‘a risk of violence.’

Amid the violence, Facebook employees were surprised to see that the company froze at least three chat threads on the internal Workplace messaging network, according to BuzzFeed News.

Some of the employees at the Menlo Park, California-based social network expressed anger at Trump for the violence and discussed the next steps that the company needs to take, including removal of his account.

‘Donald Trump has directly incited a terror attack on Capitol Hill,’ one Facebook employee wrote in a chat that was later frozen.

‘We need to take down his account right now. This is not a moment for half measures.’

The employees received no explanation as to why the chat threads were frozen. has reached out to Facebook for comment.

The internal discontent at Facebook reflects wider outrage at the tech giant as well as its competitors who are being urged to impose a total ban on Trump. 

During the Trump presidency, Facebook employees have complained about what they perceived as CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s hands-off approach.

In June, employees were outraged over Zuckerberg’s refusal to remove a post in which the president spoke of ‘looting and shooting’ during the protesting that erupted in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

On May 29, as riots engulfed Minneapolis and unrest spread to other parts of the country, the president took to social media and wrote: ‘I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership.

‘Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.

‘These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen.

‘Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way.

‘Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.’Twitter has banned the president from its platform for 12 hoursTwitter has banned the president from its platform for 12 hours.

Facebook and Instagram have banned Trump for 24 hours from their platforms ‘Thank you!’

Trump’s tweet was slapped with a disclaimer by Twitter, which flagged the president for violating the company’s rules about glorifying violence.

The phrase ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ was made famous by Walter Headley, Miami’s chief of police who was known to be a racist and who used it when describing attempts to put down race riots in the late 1960s.

Trump told reporters that he was unaware of the racially charged history of the phrase.

In trying to clarify, the president later tweeted: ‘Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot.

‘I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means….

‘It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement.

‘It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media.

‘Honor the memory of George Floyd!’

Unlike Facebook, Twitter also put a disclaimer on another tweet by Trump – this one about his claim that vote-by-mail initiatives are susceptible to voter fraud.

In response, Trump signed an executive order which threatens to remove legal protections that prevent social media companies from being sued over content posted by third parties.

Several Facebook employees resigned in protest over the decision not to remove the ‘looting and shooting’ post, and internal emails showed that most voted in a poll to demand that the company no longer allow unfettered free speech on its platform.

In a virtual town hall with employees, Zuckerberg defended the decision not to take down the post. 

He said that he didn’t think that the post ‘read as a dog whistle for vigilante supporters to take justice into their own hands.’

The CEO said it was decided to leave up the post because ‘people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force.’ 

During the hyper-partisan Trump era, Facebook has come under fire from both liberals, who blame the social network for helping the president win election in 2016, and conservatives.

Liberals argue that Facebook allows the spread of disinformation that foments unrest and violence while conservatives have accused the platform of censoring their views. Snapchat on Wednesday morning barred the president indefinitely from its site

Snapchat on Wednesday morning barred the president indefinitely from its site, Trump bashes Twitter for censoring his account.

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