The power of social media: Trump's accounts were blocked after the disasters on Capitol Hill

Donald Trump called for "reconciliation" after scenes of unprecedented violence on Capitol Hill of the United States, promising a smooth transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

In a video message meant to ease tensions after his supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers certified Joe Biden's election victory on Wednesday, Trump expressed outrage at the clashes That had been produced.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. Now I focus on the need to ensure a smooth, orderly and smooth transition of power. This moment demands healing and reconciliation, ”he said.

Donald Trump posted the video after growing calls to block him on social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, after their supporters wreaked a mess on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and sent lawmakers to fight for their safety.

A restless crowd of rioters broke through the barricades and invaded the interior of the Capitol. If this repentant is welcome for a peaceful continuation of the transition to the White House, it's a bit late for some social media.

And is that Facebook followed Twitter on Wednesday, after initially removing a video of the president, saying the company had assessed some violations of the policy ", Which will result in a feature lockout for 24 hours, meaning that you will lose the ability to post to the platform during this period."

Now, Trump's blockade will be agreed upon for at least two weeks, until the end of his term.

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced through his Facebook account that Donald Trump will no longer be able to use Facebook and Instagram "For at least the next two weeks, until the peaceful transition of power is over."

The company temporarily blocked your accounts on Wednesday after Trump posted content inciting his supporters to violence, but now Zuckerberg says the ban will be extended "indefinitely," at least until Biden takes power.

Zuckerberg acknowledged Thursday that over the years Facebook has sometimes removed Trump content or tagged his posts when they violate its policies, but that so far Trump has been allowed to.

"Using our platform according to our own rules ... We did this because we believe that the public has the right to have the widest possible access to political discourse, however controversial," wrote Zuckerberg. "But the current context is now fundamentally different, which involves using our platform to incite a violent insurgency against a democratically elected government."

"The hatred, division and intolerance that Trump and his administration have ignited will not immediately dissipate with the next change of power," the statement said. "Facebook must definitely ban Trump and take action against his facilitators and allies who continue to use the platform to incite violence and spread dangerous information."

Facebook's decision to suspend the account of the president, even temporarily, it's a shocking change from his long-standing attitude toward the current White House tenant. Of course, the latter only remains in power for a few more days. With Trump's departure on January 20, Facebook will face off against President-elect Joe Biden and a Congress and an administration keen to impose regulations on their activities.

An earlier post by Trump who said "when the looting begins, the shooting begins" While protesters for racial justice were on the march in the United States and many other countries, it did not get an adequate response from Facebook.

This situation alone plunged Facebook into internal turmoil.as employees rose up against the company's attitude toward Trump. Yesterday, according to BuzzFeed News, Facebook ended internal conversations about Trump supporters staging an insurgency on Capitol Hill, freezing comment threads calling for Trump to be removed from the platform.


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  1.   Guillermo Diaz said

    you cannot say that the latest events on Capitol Hill have been unprecedented in the history of the United States. Please don't touch and watch the story. Do your homework and you will see that since 1814 there have been incidents of this magnitude or worse.

  2.   daniel said

    Decentralized social networks and free of censorship or editorial line are urgently needed.