Every online platform that has cracked down on Trump

Every online platform that has cracked down on Trump

2021-01-10 20:30:00

On Friday, after dozens of "this claim has been disputed" labels and Lake then a little international incidents, Twitter finally banned President Donald Trump.

The ban is a seismic shift after four years of nearly non-stop tweets from the president in 2015 claimed the title "The 140 Character Ernest Hemingway."

And it robs Trump of some Alex Isenstadt from Politico described this week as his "most powerful political weapon" – a digital bat used to incite violence and punish dissent.

But while the downfall of the @ realDonaldTrump handle is one of the biggest tech headlines of the week, it even got his own obituary from the AP – Twitter isn't the only platform that decided enough was enough. At least 11 different platforms have taken action this week against Trump, or against communities and content related to Trump.

Like Mike Isaac, tech journalist for the New York Times put it on Twitter: "My husband & # 39; s phone is a paperweight."

In addition to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch all took direct action against a Trump account or channel this week.

Unlike Trump's Twitter ban, the Facebook and Instagram bans aren't necessarily permanent, but they remain in effect at least until the end of Trump's tenure.

"The current context is now fundamentally different, with the use of our platform to instigate violent insurgency against a democratically elected government," wrote Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. a message on Thursday explaining his decision. "We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this time are simply too great."

Snapchat and Twitch – the popular live streaming platform – have also completely disabled Trump's accounts. Twitch described the move to Axios as "a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."

And Shopify – which provides a platform for online storefronts – has demolished Trump Organization and Trump campaign merchandise stores in response to the president's violation of corporate policies that “ promote or support organizations, platforms, or people who threatening or condoning violence to further a cause. "

Other sites, such as Pinterest and TikTok, have not banned Trump – he is not known to have an account on either site – but have moved to limit the spread of hashtags and other content related to the promotion of right-wing conspiracy theories by the president. . Pinterest Axios says that it's the reach of certain hashtags like #StopTheSteal & # 39; since the elections in November & # 39; has limited.

On TikTok, videos of Trump's speech to supporters on Wednesday urging them to march to the Capitol will be removed, and hashtags like #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty redirect to a notice about the platform's Community Guidelines.

According to TechCrunch, there are some exceptions to that policy – for example, news organizations can still use video of the speech – but any other content that violates TikTok's incorrect information policy will be removed. YouTube, which was also forced to grapple with content promoting rebellion and conspiracy theories, has done just that tightened up its policy on election misinformation.

Multiple platforms have cracked down on the online pro-Trump communities, many of which have seen strong revival violent rhetoric in the wake of Trump's election loss.

Reddit, the sprawling internet forum organized into topic-based channels called subreddits, prohibited the r / DonaldTrump subreddit Friday outright for "repeated policy violations in recent days related to the violence in the Capitol."

R / DonaldTrump, in particular, is just the latest Trump-focused subreddit to be removed by the company. Reddit too prohibited the r / The_Donald subreddit last June for violating its hate speech policy, which has turned the community into an independent forum called TheDonald.win.

Discord, also a platform focused on voice chat prohibited a server called The Donald on Friday for its connection to the deceased subreddit and to the TheDonald.win forum.

Parler gets the boat storming across Capitol

Not only have sites taken action against Trump and various Trump-related communities in the wake of Wednesday's deadly attack on the Capitol, but an entire social media platform favored by pro-Trump actors will go under for its role as a forum for violence and sedition.

Parler, a conservative social media platform that profiles itself as an alternative to & # 39; free speech & # 39; for sites like Twitter, was removed in quick succession from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store this week. Amazon, which hosts the site, has since announced it will no longer do that.

Amazon has said it will withdraw its cloud hosting support for Parler on Sunday evening, and then it is widely expected that the app will go offline for a short while while looking for a new web hosting service. Amazon manages the lion's share of cloud hosting, serving about 40 percent of the internet, according to the Verge, which means that it can be difficult for Parler to find alternative hosting, but if it does before midnight Pacific Time, it can stay online.

Amazon's decision, which was first reported by Saturday BuzzFeed News, comes after the company concluded that Parler did little to meaningfully combat the open calls for violence spread on the platform, thus violating Amazon Web Services terms of use.

As was the case in communities like TheDonald, users on Parler discussed marching to Washington "in numbers no army or police station can match" and debated which politicians should kill those pro-Trump insurgents first.

Parler had a large user base as of November 2020, totaling about 10 million people. That population grew even further this week – according to a story by TechCrunchParler has been installed nearly 270,000 times from US app stores since Wednesday.

But Amazon's decision to launch Parler of its web hosting service, as well as Apple and Google's removals, can leave a mark. Without access to the Apple App Store, Parler director Amy Peikoff told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Saturday, "We're toast."

And Parler's likely disappearance will hamper the search for a new outlet even further. Many conservatives were offended about platforms like Twitter – or the ones outright banned, as is the case for Trump now – have fled to Parler in recent months. Trump & # 39; s team reportedly discussed last year whether he should make the switch.

But after this week, Trump will likely have to look elsewhere for his social media – and as decisions from Facebook, Snapchat and others show, he's running out of options.


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