President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms following the chaos that transpired on Capitol Hill Wednesday after hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters gathered for a massive march that was largely peaceful and filled with the hope that the Washington D.C. establishment would finally hear and listen to their voices.
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) January 6, 2021
The unprecedented move by the unregulated social media behemoths appears to blame the storm at the nation’s Capitol squarely on President Trump.
Twitter was the first social media platform to lock the president out of his account for at least twelve hours, stating, “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.”
Twitter placed a short label on the three posts that read “This Tweet is no longer available,” and signaled Trump’s account would remain blocked unless the offending posts were removed. It said future violations of its rules would result in a permanent suspension. Near the time of his account suspension, Trump also posted a tweet urging the crowd to remain peaceful and respect the law. Twitter stated the president must delete the tweets they required removed for his account to be reinstated, which it confirmed on Thursday he had done. President Trump’s most recent tweet is below.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
One of the banned tweets included a video of Trump urging his supporters to “go home now.” He added,