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These tech companies have banned Trump

Facebook

Facebook was Trump’s first platform on Thursday, January 7 indefinitely. Earlier, the president’s account already went temporarily on black. In any case, the ban will last until Joe Biden is sworn in as president of the US and also applies to Trump’s Instagram account.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks it is too great a risk if Trump can use the services of his companies.

“That’s why we’re extending the block on his accounts indefinitely, for at least two weeks until the transfer of power is peacefully completed,” Zuckerberg writes. When Trump’s account will be released again is unclear.

Twitter

After an earlier temporary suspension, Twitter also decided to proceed with a definitive ban. With Twitter, there does not seem to be a time limit.

“After a thorough review of recent tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding it, we have the account permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter reports on Twitter.

The previous suspension lasted 12 hours, following a number of tweets from Trump during the storming of the Capitol. One was a video asking Capitol attackers to go home, but at the same time reiterating his baseless allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

YouTube

Google, the parent company of YouTube, removed the video on the video platform, causing Facebook and Twitter to also take action. Google cites contesting the election results as the reason. The parent company tightened those rules in December.

Last week, YouTube itself repeated that it will apply stricter rules. Videos with fake news and misleading information will be deleted and the channel owner will receive a warning. After a certain number of warnings, that account can even be deleted. So those rules also apply to Trump.

Google

Following the storming of the Capitol, Google has the social network app Parler on Friday from the Playstore achieved.

Parler, like apps like Rumble and Bar, became more popular among Republicans and Trump supporters as Facebook and Twitter increasingly intervened on fake news and misinformation. For Trump supporters, that was a push towards platforms where they can do their bit more.

Google has house rules for apps in the Play Store that revolve around sharing photos, videos or texts of users. One of those house rules is that content must be moderated, such as messages that incite violence, Google said in a response.

The Parler app has been used to call for violence in the storming of the Capitol, according to Google. Google is also concerned that the app poses a threat to public safety precisely because there is no moderation in the app on the content that users post.

Apple

Apple also decided to throw the app from its App Store. Like Google, Apple believes the company has done too little to address dangerous content on its platform.

In a response to Reuters, Apple reported that the app will not return to the App Store until that is resolved. Parler had 24 hours to do that, but that time has since passed, so that the app cannot be found and can no longer be downloaded in the Apple app store.

Amazon

Parler not only had an app, but also a website. And the servers containing that website have been taken offline by Amazon. That happened after a warning from Amazon that this would happen if the platform did not intervene in the content that was circulating.

The calls to violence on the platform violate Amazon Web Services terms of use, according to Amazon. Only when Parler moves its data to another web host can the website come back online.

Twitch

Streaming platform Twitch shut down Trump’s account on the platform after the attack on the Capitol.

According to Twitch, it is a necessary step to protect its users in ‘exceptional circumstances’ in the US and’ the inflammatory rhetoric of the president’. Twitch wants to prevent the platform from being used to incite violence.

It is not the first time that Trump has stopped streaming on his Twitch account. Last summer, he was also banned for two weeks for ‘hateful behavior’ and a number of videos were removed.

Snap

Snapchat also intervened on Wednesday and blocked the posting of new messages via Trump’s account.

The company took over this summer also measures against the president. Messages from Trump were no longer shown in the so-called Discover overview. Snapchat decided to temporarily stop doing so because Trump’s messages could incite racial violence surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests.

Shopify

Webshop administrator Shopify blocked two online stores that sell clothing, caps and other Donald Trump merchandise.

In a reaction In the Financial Times, the Canadian company calls Trump’s actions and his call for a march to the Capitol “unacceptable.”

TikTok

TikTok also intervenes. For example, videos that violate house rules are removed and hashtags such as #stormthecapitol refer to the same house rules.

The video of Trump’s offending speech falls under those rules. If users share those images, they will be removed because, according to TikTok, they are spreading fake news. The company says that to tech website TechCrunch. President Trump does not have an account on TikTok himself.

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