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7 Jan 2021

James Clayton, Leo Kelion & David Molloy, BBC News

Facebook blocks Trump 'until transition complete'

Donald Trump has been suspended from his Facebook account for at least two weeks - and possibly indefinitely... The social network had originally imposed a 24-hour ban after his supporters attacked the US Capitol... In a video posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Mr Trump told the rioters attacking the seat of government "I love you" before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud... Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook had removed the president's posts "because we judged that their effect - and likely their intent - would be to provoke further violence".

... Mr Trump's favoured platform, Twitter, had also suspended the president for 12 hours... It said it required the removal of three tweets for "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy"... [It] said that "Future violations of the Twitter Rules... will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account"... Snapchat also stopped Mr Trump from creating new posts, but did not say if or when it would end the ban... YouTube said it removed the video because it "violated policies on spreading election fraud".

... Twitter said: "We have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labelled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence". Facebook told the BBC: "The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules."

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