SAN FRANCISCO: The photo-focused social network Snapchat said Wednesday it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from entering the platform, as voices rose against his removal from the internet platform.
Trump’s access to social media has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in a fatal attack on January 6.
Operators fear Trump will use his Snapchat account to stir more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden.
“Last week we announced the suspension of President Trump’s account on Snapchat for an indefinite period,” Snapchat said in response to an inquiry by Agence France-Presse.
“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have taken a decision to permanently terminate his account.”
After Trump supporters attacked the Capitol, social media including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube began to prevent him from using their platforms.
Google and Apple have pulled Parler apps from their stores for digital content stores, stating that the right-leaning social network was allowing users to promote violence.
Amazon Web Services later kicked Parler out of its data centers, essentially forcing the social network to go offline due to a lack of hosting services.
“I’m not celebrating or feeling proud of the need to ban the real Donald Trump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Twitter chief Jack Dorsey wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.
“After a clear warning that we will take this action, we made a decision with the best information we obtained based on the threats to physical integrity on and off Twitter.”
The measures angered enthusiastic defenders of Trump, who on Wednesday was accused by the House of Representatives of inciting a “revolt.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Wednesday that he is asking Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter to explain why Trump is not welcome on their platforms.
Paxton asserted that Trump’s “elimination of ostensibly coordinated platforms” silences those whose political rhetoric and beliefs do not align with the leaders of major tech companies.
The Attorney General has issued administrative subpoenas calling on tech companies to share their policies and practices regarding modification of content as well as to obtain information directly related to Parler’s social network.