On Wednesday, January 6, Donald Trump reached another milestone by calling on his supporters, in a video published on Facebook and Twitter, to challenge the results of the presidential election while the debates continued in the House of Representatives to validate the victory of Joe Biden. Both social networks responded by closing the outgoing President’s access to his official page for a period of 24 hours.
Facebook and Twitter, together with YouTube, made the decision to close Donald Trump’s accounts after publishing a video from a speech asking his supporters to challenge the results of the presidential election. “The @realDonaldTrump account will be blocked for twelve hours after these tweets are removed. If these tweets are not deleted, the account will remain blocked,” explained Twitter on its security account.
Facebook to follow suit. ” This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including the withdrawal of President Trump’s video (…) which ultimately contributes to the risk of violence rather than reducing it”, explained Wednesday, Guy Rosen, one of Facebook’s vice presidents, before the video is permanently deleted from the social network an hour later.
However, these measures are considered insufficient by Internet users who believe that Donald Trump should be banned until after the inauguration of Joe Biden. Others want the former president to be definitively excluded from social networks.” 24 hours is not enough. There are 13 days left until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, so many opportunities for Trump to sow chaos,” protests one Internet user. “Hey Mark Zuckerberg, Jack (Dorsey), Susan Wojcicki and Sundar Pichai – Donald Trump provoked a violent attack against American democracy“, tweeted the hired actor Sacha Baron Cohen who thus challenges the bosses of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google.”Is this finally enough for you to act?! It’s time to ban Donald Trump from your platforms once and for all,” he rebelled in his illustrated message of a photo of a protester parading on Capitol Hill with a Confederate flag, considered a racist symbol.