Social media played an outsized role in Donald Trump’s rise. The president was an early user of Twitter and has millions of followers on the platform.
Facebook, of course, spread fake information and messages on its website during the 2016 election, which helps lead Trump to victory over Hilary Clinton.
For the first three years of Trump’s presidency, both sites continued to let Trump break their rules and regulations without reviewing them. Twitter finally got up in 2020 and started tagging Trump’s false tweets with a disclaimer. Facebook has been slow to do the same.
But on Wednesday, when Trump’s rebels stormed America’s capital, Mark Zuckerberg’s company finally decided to take action.
After hours of silence, Donald Trump released a video asking his supporters to go home. At the same time, Trump continued to make false claims about winning the election in a landslide.
Twitter immediately tagged the video and turned off liking, sharing, or retweeting the message. Facebook pulled it down completely.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity for the company said: “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate immediate action, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because we believe that it carries rather than reduces the risk of persistent violence. “
This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate immediate action, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because we believe that it carries rather than reduces the risk of persistent violence.
– Guy Rosen (@guyro) January 6, 2021
The White House has yet to respond to the actions of the two social media giants.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.