Snapchat has announced its decision to permanently ban President Trump’s account.
After locking President Trump’s account indefinitely last week, following the insurrection at the US Capitol, Snapchat has now announced that the account will be shut down permanently. The move follows Twitter and Facebook which also banned the President from their platforms.
According to a spokesperson, Snapchat had “been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of [its] community,” and has now decided that “in the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of [its] guidelines,” it would terminate his account permanently.
The termination isn’t sudden at all. Snapchat had been limiting the account’s reach since June, and it had repeatedly broken Snapchat’s rules against misinformation, hate speech, and glorifying or inciting violence since then.
President Trump’s Snapchat attempted to violate the platform’s policies “dozens of times,” and content was removed each time. The team behind the account also received repeated warnings.
But it’s not just actions on Snapchat. Company execs banned Trump as a matter of public safety after last week’s Capitol insurrection, during which five people died. Snapchat was the first platform to announce an account suspension following the event.
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