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Twitter, Facebook Block Trump Following US Capitol Violence

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In a rare move, Facebook and Twitter banned President Donald Trump’s accounts after his supporters attacked the US Capitol.

Suspending President’s account for 12 hours, Twitter said: “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”

“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked,” it added.

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After initially imposing a 24-hour ban, Facebook decided to suspend Trump’s Facebook account for at least two weeks until “after the peaceful transition of power” to Joe Biden on 20 January.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” wrote Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg.

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