Trump hits social media companies after they banned his accounts

Posted 9 days ago

From THEHILL.COM

President Trump took a swing at social media platforms on Tuesday after the tech giants’ decision last week to ban the president’s accounts over his comments about a mob of his supporters that stormed the Capitol in a deadly riot.

“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” Trump told reporters.

He accused the companies of being “divisive” and said it is “very, very bad for our country."

Twitter, which was Trump’s most-used social media account, permanently banned Trump last week from its platform. The company said Trump’s posts pose “the risk of further incitement of violence,” and noted the platform had seen plans for further armed action at the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Facebook has not gone as far as Twitter, yet. The platform indefinitely banned Trump’s account at least until Biden’s inauguration, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying the “risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great."

Along with Twitter and Facebook, mainstream social media platforms, including Reddit, Snapchat and YouTube, across the board widely took action last week to ban or restrict the president after rioters in Washington breached Capitol security forcing lawmakers, media and staff to evacuate from congressional chambers to undisclosed locations.

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