Twitter and Facebook temporarily locked the account of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, when technology giants scrambled to combat his unfounded claims about the US presidential election during the riots in the capital.

After pro-Trump protesters rushed into the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to force Congress to block the appointment of the president, Twitter concealed and requested the deletion of three of Trump’s tweets, “due to the unprecedented continued violence in Washington, DC”. Choose Joe Biden.

A woman was shot to death in the chaotic Capitol.

Facebook later posted on Twitter that it would prevent Trump’s page from being published for 24 hours due to two violations of the policy.

Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours and stated that if these tweets are not deleted, the account will remain locked, which means that the president will not be able to send tweets from @realDonaldTrump.

Facebook and YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google, also deleted a videotape in which Trump continued to claim that the presidential election was fraudulent, even if he urged protesters to go home.

Facebook-owned Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said in a tweet that the video has been deleted from Instagram and the president’s account will be locked for 24 hours.

YouTube did not take any further immediate action on its account.

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Technology companies have been under pressure to provide false information on the police on their platforms during the US election, including misinformation through Wednesday’s call for users to suspend Trump accounts on major platforms.

The president and his allies have been spreading unconfirmed allegations of election fraud online. Trump on Wednesday accused Vice President Mike Pence of lacking “courage” to pursue these claims, and Twitter later overturned the tweet.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Risk of violence

Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, tweeted on a social media company that the president’s video “helped rather than reduced the risk of continued violence,” and he said it was “appropriate emergency measures.” a part of.

YouTube stated that Trump’s video violated its policy on content, which claimed that “widespread fraud or mistakes changed the outcome of the 2020 US election.”

Both Facebook and Twitter initially added tags and measures to slow the spread of videos.

Internal posts seen by Reuters showed that dozens of Facebook employees called on executives to clarify how they handled Trump’s position, and some of them called for his account to be deleted to incite violence in the Capitol.

An employee wrote: “Can we get some courage and practical action from the leadership to respond to this behavior? Your silence will at least be disappointing, and sin will be the worst.”

The internal communications manager quickly closed comments on the thread and said in the same post that an update would be provided, but “the current priority is to actively respond to the current situation.”

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Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the internal post.

Former Facebook security director Alex Stamos wrote on Twitter: “Twitter and Facebook must cut his position.”

Civil rights organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and Change Color, have called on social media companies to permanently suspend Trump’s account.

According to researchers and publicly released information, violent speech and weapon recommendations have increased significantly on many social media platforms in the past three weeks, as multiple groups plan to hold a rally on Wednesday, including Trump’s supporters, White nationalist and fan of widespread conspiracy theory QAnon.

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