Social media giants have temporarily locked the accounts of US President Donald Trump on Facebook and Twitter in the wake of the US Capital siege. Twitter was banned for 12 hours and Facebook for 24 hours.
The action was followed by a flurry of social media reactions. Some users cheer the company on, while others suggest the ban should be permanent.
The move comes after the president published a string of inaccurate and inflammatory tweets after his supporters attacked Capitol in an unprecedented attempt to prevent Congress from confirming the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the last election on Wednesday.
Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours and said the ban could be extended if most of his tweets, which appeared to deny the election results and appear to have incited violence, were not removed. The company said the account would be permanently suspended if it violated Twitter policies against violent threats and election misinformation.
Following Twitter, Facebook also banned his Facebook account for up to 24 hours after finding that Trump had violated company rules with two posts.
The action was followed by a flurry of social media reactions. Some consumers cheer the company on, while others suggest the ban should be permanent. Some tweets are flowing on social media after this action.
Way past due… pic.twitter.com/7eTcJonnue— Alex Vidal (@PinoyPower504) January 7, 2021
A little too late for that. The damage is done and they helped a little— Carolini (@Carolini__Mlndz) January 7, 2021
OH, WOW! Trump must be having such a bad day.— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) January 7, 2021
First, Twitter locked him out of his account for 12 hours. Now, Facebook just locked him out of his account, too, for 24 hours.
Kudos to the social media giants for showing Trump that his time’s up.
Time to leave the White House.🥳
Twitter and Facebook have locked Trump’s account … about 5 years too late.— Harry Godwyn (@harrygod) January 7, 2021
According to media reports, at least four people were killed on the U.S. Capitol grounds and 52 people were arrested after a metal barricade at the bottom of the Capitol stairs was torn down and clashed with police.