Twitter, Facebook and Instagram block Trump for the rest of his term

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram block Trump for the rest of his term



Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have blocked the outgoing US President Donald Trump for the rest of his term. Twitter has not only locked the President's Twitter feed but thrown serious jeopardy on Donald Trump's long-term future on the platform. 


The Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Trump's account will be suspended for the remainder of his term in office.


"We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," he wrote in a statement.


As our technology correspondent James Clayton noted (see our post from an hour ago) social media giants like Twitter and Facebook are still considering how to treat the accounts of the soon-to-be ex-president after he leaves office on 20 January.He will face different rules as a private citizen instead of a current head of state, especially if he continues to promote extremist conspiracies.


“[The officer's] actions may be judged in a lot of different ways moving forward,” Mullin said, “but his actions I believe saved people's lives even more. Unfortunately, it did take one though."


Does Trump have a future on Twitter?

Twitter has not only locked the President's Twitter feed but thrown serious jeopardy on Donald Trump's long-term future on the platform.


Despite numerous breaches of its rules over the years, Twitter has allowed Mr Trump to remain on the social media platform because he is the president.


But as the power given to him by the American people slowly slips away, so does his Twitter immunity.


His words on social media, for years, helped to incite Wednesday's storming of Capitol Hill. As a soon-to-be private citizen, a decision to kick him off would be a lot easier to make.


Facebook has already suspended Mr Trump for 24 hours, and may well be thinking of a more long-term ban too.


All the big social media companies have made it clear that - as a private citizen - if you continually look to peddle conspiracy theories and promote extremism, you should expect to be kicked out. Mr Trump will be no exception.

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