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Since President Donald J. Trump told protestors to go home in peace during a 1-minute long video after storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, big tech social media platforms removed his video. But they forgot to remove this one.
On Team Trump’s Instagram page the video was still watchable on the platform’s Stories feature.
The video removal allegedly was because if Trump were to tell people to go home and stop protesting, he could invoke the Insurrection Act’s powers.
The act reads: “Before invoking the powers under the Act, 10 U.S.C. 254 requires the President to first publish a proclamation ordering the insurgents to disperse.”
Trump did tell people to go home in his video, however big tech suddenly removed it.
Twitter wrote in a series of tweets, “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked. Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
“We’ll continue to evaluate the situation in real-time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Facebook (incl. Instagram as they’re joined) wrote in a statement about the decision of removing Trump’s video in response to the protests in Washington, D.C.
“Let us speak for the leadership team in saying what so many of us are feeling. We are appalled by the violence at the Capitol today. We are treating these events as an emergency,” wrote Facebook.
“Our Elections Operations Center has already been active in anticipation of the Georgia elections and the vote by Congress to certify the election, and we are monitoring activity on our platform in real-time.”
“As a part of this, we removed from Facebook and Instagram the recent video of President Trump speaking about the protests and his subsequent post about the election results. We made the decision that on balance these posts contribute to, rather than diminish, the risk of ongoing violence.”
Facebook will now be adding new labels and will flag posts from anyone that attempts to delegitimise the election results. The new text reads: “Joe Biden has been elected President with results that were certified by all 50 states. The US has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after an election.”
Image/Video: Donald J. Trump