Twitter clamped down yet again on one of President Donald Trump’s tweets Wednesday after he called for rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to “go home” but repeated the baseless allegations of a rigged election that drew scores of his supporters to Washington.
In a 62-second video posted to his personal Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Trump repeated his baseless claims that the election was “stolen.”
Within minutes Twitter blocked users from replying to, liking or retweeting the post without added context, citing a “risk of violence” from the post. But it did not suspend his Twitter account, despite calls for that by people and groups who said the president was using his account to incite violence.
“It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order,” Trump said in the video, hours after a crowd of rioters breached the Capitol building and invaded the House and Senate chambers.
Facebook, meanwhile, handled an identical post by Trump by adding a label that directed users to authoritative sources of information on the election and read, “The US has laws, procedures, and establishment institutions to ensure the integrity of our elections.” But unlike Twitter, the company is not blocking users from liking or replying to the post.
“The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement. “We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”
In a separate thread, Twitter’s public safety division posted that the social media company is “working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates” its rules. The social media platform also said it is “exploring other escalated enforcement actions,” without elaborating.
Social media companies faced fresh calls to suspend or remove Trump amid Wednesday’s unrest, which caused Capitol Hill to go into lockdown and for lawmakers to evacuate in gas masks as police dispersed tear gas against rioters.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement Wednesday saying that “social media companies should suspend his accounts ASAP as they would do for anyone else advocating disinformation and promoting violence."
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