How 10 social media and hosting companies dealt with violations of their content policies
The Washington Post: Hannah Denham
Some of the biggest names in tech have taken aggressive steps against the inflammatory rhetoric of President Trump and some of his allies that culminated last week with a mob of his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol while Congress was attempting to certify the election of Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president.
The moves are meant to guard against further efforts to incite violence and come after months of Trump’s relentless and unfounded allegations of voter fraud and his refusal to accept his loss in the 2020 election. The platforms have been met with cries of censorship from Trump’s allies and reluctant applause from others who see the efforts as long overdue. Here’s how the platforms cracked down on Trump and his supporters:
Twitter has been slapping labels on Trump’s posts that he won the 2020 election since November: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” The platform didn’t attempt to limit his 88 million followers from viewing or sharing such postings, as it had in June for Trump’s tweets labeling the people demonstrating as a result of the police killing of George Floyd as “THUGS.”
Twitter purged more than 70,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon following Capitol riot Fast-forward to Wednesday, Jan. 6: The platform locked Trump out of his account for 12 hours after the Capitol assault and said it wouldn’t return access until he deleted three tweets that violated its content policy. Two days later, following two incendiary tweets from Trump, Twitter announced a permanent ban on his account. The platform also later suspended @POTUS, the official account for the presidency, and his @TeamTrump campaign account after Trump attempted to try to skirt the ban. Two Twitter accounts belonging to pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood were permanently suspended Jan. 7 over tweets that the platform said incited violence. One of the accounts, @FightBackLaw, was apparently being used to dodge the ban.
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