Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently removed US President Donald Trump
from the website, as voices are being raised against keeping him off the internet stage.
Trump’s access to social media has been effectively cut off after the Capitol in Washington DC
was attacked by a militant group of his supporters in a deadly assault on January 6.
Operators worry that in the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect
Joe Biden, Trump might use his Snapchat account to foment further unrest.
Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.
Trump’s access to social media has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC in a deadly attack on January 6.
Operators fear that Trump could use his Snapchat account to foment more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account,” Snapchat said in response to an AFP inquiry.
“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.”
Social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, started to ban him from using their sites after the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.
Google and Apple removed Parler applications for digital content shops from their stores, claiming that the right-leaning social network encouraged users to encourage violence.
Later, owing to the shortage of hosting facilities, Amazon Web Services
ousted Parler from its data centers, effectively pushing the social network offline.