Fb removes Trump video focusing on Washington rioters
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, testifies via videoconference in this screenshot from a video taken during a Senate Judicial Committee hearing titled “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression and the 2020 Election” on Facebook and Twitter regarding the Moderation of content was created on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, November 17, 2020.
Facebook removed President Donald Trump’s video on Wednesday about rioters in Washington.
“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate immediate action, including removing President Trump’s video,” said Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity for Facebook, in a tweet. “We removed it because we felt it would help rather than reduce the risk of persistent violence.”
Twitter also restricted a tweet containing Trump’s recorded statement.
“This electoral fraud claim is controversial and this tweet cannot be replied to, retweeted or liked due to the risk of violence,” the company wrote under a tweet from Trump directing users to a page that said “there is.” No evidence of widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. “
In his taped testimony, Trump falsely claims that the election was “stolen” before asking the rioters to go home. Despite the limitations, Twitter users can still reinforce Trump’s tweet by quoting tweets.
The company previously announced that it would “take action” on any content that encourages violence in relation to the rioting in Washington.
“Let’s be clear: threats and calls for violence have no place on Twitter, and we will enforce our guidelines accordingly,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
In addition, the company announced that it will severely restrict collaboration on tweets tagged with its Citizens’ Integrity Policy so that Twitter users cannot use the service to manipulate or interfere with elections or other citizen processes.
“We are also reviewing other escalated enforcement actions and will keep the public informed of important developments,” the company tweeted.
Previously, Facebook said it is “actively reviewing and removing content that violates these rules”.
“The violent protests in today’s Capitol are a shame,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone in a statement. “We prohibit incitement and encourage violence on our platform.”
The statements come when rioters broke through the U.S. Capitol in support of President Donald Trump and forced the legislature to evacuate.
Twitter is increasingly being asked to close the president’s account or take other extreme measures. Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said it was time for Twitter and Facebook to cut Trump off.
“Twitter and Facebook have to cut it,” said Stamos. “There are no longer any legitimate stocks and labeling is not enough.”
Chris Sacca, an early investor in the company, tweeted “You have blood on your hands, @jack and Zuck,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“You’ve been rationalizing this terror for four years. Incitement to violent treason is not free speech. If you work in these companies, it’s up to you too. Turn it off.”
The ADL issued a statement calling on social media companies to suspend Trump’s accounts “as soon as possible”.
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