Snapchat follows Twitter in its decision to permanently block Trump’s account. Many other platforms limited the time of the ban.
At the end of last week, almost all social media platforms blocked the account of the current president, Donald Trump. While some limited the ban to 24 hours, Snapchat has now publicly announced that it will permanently block Trump’s account. Axios first reported about the spell. The Snapchat press team emailed the news website a statement:
Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community.
After frequent violations, Snapchat draws a line
Trump’s content violated Snapchat’s guidelines on hate speech and disinformation “dozens of times,” according to Axios. However, this content was quickly removed every time, according to Snapchat. Warnings were then sent to Trump’s team. But now Trump’s account no longer has a special status and is blocked like that of any other user under the same circumstances.
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,
Snapchat justifies the decision. The ban applies from January 20th. Snapchat follows with it Twitter, which was the first company to completely block Trump’s account. Facebook and Instagram initially ban Trump for an indefinite period of time. With the elimination of Snapchat and Instagram, Trump’s reach among younger users has been reduced.
Twitter expresses self-criticism and at the same time defends the decision
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey recently commented on his decision to block the current president. He was “not proud of it”, quoted him daily News, after all, Twitter stands for freedom of expression and open discussion. He is self-critical of the power that companies like Facebook, Twitter and Co. have, after all, these have now taken a large part of his reach from one of the most powerful politicians in the world. Previously, people of the public interest had a special status on most platforms because their posts and tweets were newsworthy and relevant to the public interest. It can be assumed that new regulations will be drawn up here in the future. After all, a change of government is imminent in the USA. In addition, competition proceedings are currently underway against the large companies such as Facebook and Google, which could result in the breakup of the corporations.
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