In the hours following the assault on Capitol Hill by groups of pro Trump protesters, Facebook and Twitter have decided to move to block the accounts of the near-former President of the United States, accused of having repeatedly incited violence through his messages ( and silences). A decision that divided observers: on the one hand those who defined the intervention of the two social networks as a real “epochal turning point” in the “darkest moment in American history”, and those who instead defined it late, useless or even serious attack on freedom of the press. However, Facebook and Twitter are not the only digital platforms that have decided to pull the plug on the tycoon’s communication with the aim of stopping, or at least stopping, the “Trump effect”.
The US site Axios has compiled a list of platforms
, still being updated, who have banned Donald Trump or the accounts linked to his communications staff. A list that has grown considerably in the last few hours.
Already last summer, the live streaming platform Twitch, owned by Amazon, it had temporarily disabled the Trump Twitch Channel, following protests from Black Lives Matter. In fact, Trump used the portal, which specializes in broadcasting games with video games, to disseminate his election campaigns and press conferences in real time. Today Twich, as a company spokesman explains, has taken “the necessary step”, definitively closing the channel reserved for the former tenant of the White House, in order to “protect the community and prevent the platform from being used for the sole purpose to praise violence “.
The position taken by was also drastic Shopify, Canadian e-commerce platform. The platform, which allows the creation of online stores, has ordered the closure of two stores affiliated with Trump for “the violation of its policies on violence”.
The definitive closure of the account of the quasi-former president of the United States has led the Associated Press to dedicate a real “Obituaruy” to him, as is usually done with people in the flesh. Because this tool has shaped politics in recent years more than any other
Google also appears in the list drawn up by Axios, which it has withdrawn from its store Speak, an app launched in 2018 as a microblogging platform in the name of total freedom of speech and defined by founders John Matze and Jared Thomson as “a public place without sides”. The ultra-flexible moderation rules adopted by Parler have made the application itself a space where violent and sometimes discriminatory comments abound. Google’s decision went far beyond Apple’s previous one, which circumvented the removal of the app through the eventual presentation of a content moderation plan. Amazon has also decided to remove Parler from its servers, branding it as a social network that has not been able to adequately moderate the content of its users.
No padlock, but a first warning for the canal YouTube (owned by Google) of the Trump campaign. The spokesman Alex Joseph, said that “any channel that publishes new videos with false claims and in violation of the regulations, will now receive a strik and – a warning -, a sanction that temporarily limits the uploading and publishing streaming”. Furthermore, the definitive removal of the channels from Youtube would be determined following three definitive strikes in the same ninety-day period. Youtube’s intervention proved to be much milder than that of the other competitors, simply deleting the video on Wednesday evening in which the tycoon alluded to the stolen elections, without suspending his official account. For Youtube, the video violated “policies on the spread of electoral fraud”.
Stop indefinitely, or at least until the inauguration of the new American President, even for the account Instagram (since 2012 owned by Facebook) by Trump. The post published by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, in fact, leaves no room for interpretation: “We believe that the risks in allowing the President to use our service in this period are simply too great”.
Rachel Racusen, spokesperson for Snapchat, said instead that he had closed President Trump’s account due to the persistent presence of calls for violence. On the same line it arises TikTok: “Hostile behavior and violence have no place on TikTok,” says a spokesperson for Axios. In these hours Tik Tok is promoting the removal of content and trying to redirect its hashtags to the guidelines of the community.
Stripe instead, it is a US company that, through a software system, allows individuals and companies to receive payments via the internet. From the columns of its headquarters in San Francisco it announced that it will no longer process payments for Trump’s campaigns. Further proof of how the union between Trump and social platforms has actually come to an end.
Expulsion of Trump also by Discord, a platform dedicated to voice chat and gaming, which has ordered the closure of The_Donald channel, which has become the subject of investigation due to its obvious connection to an online forum used to incite violence, plan an armed insurrection in the United States and disseminating disinformation related to election fraud in the United States of 2020.
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