Snapchat is permanently banning the account of US President Donald Trump over his role in inciting violence on Capitol Hill. This development comes a week after, on their respective platforms, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram imposed bans on Trump’s personal account.
CNN quoted a Snapchat spokesman as saying, “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 the President’s account repeatedly violated the community guidelines of the company over the past several months, the platform said it made the decision.
“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clearly in violation of our guidance, we have made the decision to temporarily terminate his account,” the spokesperson added.
Facebook announced its decision on January 7 to indefinitely suspend Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
On January 12, YouTube video-sharing app said it was barring new content from being posted for at least a week on the channel of President Donald Trump over a violation of its policies.
Twitter has also completely banned Trump’s personal account from its platform.
On January 6, the US Capitol building was stormed by a group of Donald Trump loyalists, clashing with the police, damaging property, seizing the inauguration stage and occupying the rotunda.
The unrest took place after Trump urged his supporters to protest the stolen presidential election that he claims was stolen. Since then, the outgoing President has been blocked, at least until after he is out of office, on all major social networks.
In the riots, five people were killed – four protesters and a police officer. When British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the building in 1814, the last time the Capitol was stormed.