Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it had permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.
Trump’s access to social media has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC in a deadly attack on January 6.
Operators fear that Trump could use his Snapchat account to foment more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Last week, we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account,” Snapchat said in response to an AFP inquiry.
“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to terminate his account permanently.”
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Twitter chief Jack Dorsey wrote in a tweet Wednesday. “After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter.”
The actions angered ardent defenders of Trump, who was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, for inciting “insurrection.”
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, on Wednesday, said he is demanding that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter explain why Trump is not welcomed on their platforms.
Paxton maintained that the “seemingly coordinated de-platforming” of Trump “silences those whose speech and political beliefs do not align with leaders of Big Tech companies.”
The state attorney issued administrative subpoenas calling on the technology companies to share their policies and practices regarding content moderation and information directly related to the social network.