Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook - UPDATED

Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook - UPDATED
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Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook after tweeting to supporters who attacked the US Capitol, APA reports citing BBC.

In a social media message to protesters he said "I love you" before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud.

Twitter said it required the removal of three tweets for "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy".

The company said the president's account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.

It went on to say that "Future violations of the Twitter Rules... will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account".

It means Donald Trump's days on Twitter could be numbered. The president is not known for paying much attention to Twitter's community guidelines.

Meanwhile, Facebook banned Mr Trump for 24 hours. YouTube also removed the video.

Facebook said: "We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence."

His supporters stormed the seat of US government and clashed with police, leading to the death of one woman.

The violence brought to a halt congressional debate over Democrat Joe Biden's election win.

In the House and Senate chambers, Republicans were challenging the certification of November's election results.

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World’s popular social network Twitter announced a decision to prohibit one of the tweets of current US President Trump from being replied to, retweeted or liked, stating that "Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules," APA reports.

President Trump earlier posted a video in which he claimed that the presidential election was "stolen." The US president also called on protesters, who swarmed the US Capitol on Wednesday to "go home now."

"In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules," according to a statement from Twitter’s Safety team.

"Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly," the statement reads. ""In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked.".

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