Social media app, Snapchat has permanently banned impeached US President, Donald Trump from the platform as the internet unites in keeping him away from spreading misinformation after the violence at Capitol Hill.
Trump has been getting banned by most of the famous social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and now, Snapchat as they fear his voice may incite violence again right before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
On 6th January 2021, Trump’s supporters mobbed Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. which led to the death of five people. It began with Trump’s excessive use of social media to coerce and encourage them to disrupt the Congress’ meeting which would declare Joe Biden as president.
Snapchat’s decision to permanently ban trump was first reported by Axios.
Snapchat made a statement, “In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account.”
In the internet cleansing of Trump, Google and Apple removed Parler apps from their stores for digital content shops due to right-leaning social network allowing users to promote violence. Amazon Web Services later expelled Parler from its data-centres which forced the social network offline as no hosting services were available.
Twitter chief, Jack Dorsey, tweeted on 13th January 2021, “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning, we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter.”
Defenders of Trump were angered by this action. Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on the grounds of inciting”insurrection” on 13th January.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton demands an explanation from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter as to why Trump is not welcomed on their platforms. He said that the “seemingly coordinated de-platforming” of Trump “silences those whose speech and political beliefs do not align with leaders of Big Tech companies.”
The state attorney issued administrative subpoenas calling on the tech companies to share their policies and practices associated with content moderation including information directly related to Parler social network.