After the unprecedented mob attack on the Capitol, Twitter imposed restrictions and then deleted a tweet from President Donald Trump, including its accompanying video.
Due to Twitter’s “risk of violence”, users initially cannot reply, like, or repost the post. Then, all tweets containing the video were deleted, with non-specific links to Twitter policy guidelines.
In Trump’s Twitter video on Wednesday, he responded to the mob violence in the U.S. Capitol, calling on the rioters to peacefully “go home” within hours of the chaos.
But he also repeatedly made false claims, claiming that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and did not condemn the violence, resulting in some people’s lack of persuasive appeals for the order.
Trump said in the video: “Our election was stolen.” “This is an overwhelming election, everyone knows, especially on the other side. But you must go home now.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Twitter said in a tweet late Wednesday that it deleted three of Trump’s “repeated and serious violations” of its rules. If Trump continues to violate Twitter’s regulations, the platform said it will “result in the permanent suspension of the president’s account.”
Twitter has previously flagged what the president posted last year. Throughout the 2020 presidential election, the platform has labeled dozens of Trump’s tweets, which made false or misleading claims about voter fraud.
It also deleted Trump’s copyright claims. However, this seems to be the first time Twitter has marked a tweet as “in danger of violence.”
Twitter’s statement continued: “We will also explore other escalating enforcement actions and will keep the public informed of any major developments.”
Trump’s video has also been posted to Facebook. Shortly after its release, Facebook tagged the post to guide users to factual information about the 2020 election results. Later, Facebook’s more stringent label stated, “Biden was elected president as a result of certification by all 50 states. The United States has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after the election. “Then it deleted the video and declared an “emergency.”