Snapchat blocked President Donald Trump’s account after pro-trump rioters invaded the United States Capitol. A snap spokesman was confirmed to TechCrunch that the action was taken on Wednesday and added that the company would monitor the situation carefully before evaluating his decision again.
This is not the first time SNAP has taken action against Trump’s account for worries about the dangerous rhetoric of the President. In June, he announced the content of Trump’s Snapchat will no longer be promoted in the Discover tab, and will only be seen by the user if they subscribe or look for it.
In a blog post published shortly before Snap announced his decision, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel said that Snapchat “could not promote accounts in America related to people who incited racial violence, whether they did or from our platform. ”
Unlike many other social media platforms, Snapchat was created for users to communicate with friends instead of a wider audience, the Snap spokesperson said. It has focused on making it harder to spread misinformation by relying on moderated and vetted content. For example, the Discover tab only features content from editorial partners like Reuters and other news organizations.
Twitter also locked Trump out of his account after forcing the removal of three tweets, but that action may last for only twelve hours. Facebook and Instagram locked Trump out of posting for 24 hours and blocked the #StormTheCapitol hashtag.
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