The Verge is reporting that both Twitter and Facebook have temporarily banned Trump’s personal account from posting for 12 and 24 hours, respectively, after today’s attempted coup and insurrection of the US Capitol building.
Update: Facebook has banned Trump “indefinitely” saying “We believe the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.” Trump also got banned from Shopify, which has been selling his merchandise online.
In a separate post, Casey Newton writes ‘It’s time to deplatform Trump‘:
As you no doubt already know, today, President Trump incited his followers to storm the US Capitol, where they disrupted the constitutionally mandated certification of the Electoral College ballots, affirming Joe Biden’s victory against him. Odds that his ongoing attempted coup will succeed remain low, but not impossible. And a bedrock belief that many of us have carried all our lives — that American democracy will long outlast us — has never been so shaken. […]
It’s time for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove Trump.
Calls for platforms to remove Trump have been coming for years. The president’s use and abuse of Twitter to threaten nuclear war, attack average citizens, and undermine elections have been a defining feature of the media landscape since his 2016 campaign. Twitter has aided and abetted the president for years, putting him on its suggested user list even as he promoted the birtherism conspiracy and spread other racist lies.