The social network, “Snapchat“, announced Wednesday that it has permanently closed the account of outgoing US President Donald Trump after it suspended it indefinitely last week after a crowd of his supporters stormed Congress.
“We announced last week that President Trump’s Snapchat account was suspended for an indefinite period,” the photo-sharing network said in response to an AFP question. “In the interest of public safety, and in light of his attempts to spread misleading information, hate speech, and incitement to violence, which are clear violations of our rules, we decided to close his account permanently,” she added.
Most of the main social networking sites have taken unprecedented measures against the Republican billionaire since a crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol building on the afternoon of January 6 and sowed terror, violence, and devastation over a period of several hours, in an event that killed five, shocked the country and distorted its image worldwide. The procedures of these sites ranged from suspending accounts for a temporary or indefinite period or even permanently closing his account.
Among the most prominent of these sites is Twitter, the platform on which Trump had more than 88 million followers and was his preferred method for making political advertisements, attacking the media, or insulting his opponents on a daily basis.
Trump’s decisions to block these sites have sparked mixed reactions in the United States and abroad.
Twitter considers banning Trump’s account a “right choice”
On Wednesday, the founder and president of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, considered that the site’s decision to ban Trump was the “right choice,” but nonetheless constituted a “failure” and set a “dangerous precedent” regarding the amount of power the major internet companies enjoy.
In a series of tweets in which he addressed Twitter’s decision to prevent Trump from using the platform indefinitely, Dorsey said that this decision represents “a failure on our part to promote a healthy conversation.” He added that a ban on the Republican billionaire who had more than 88 million followers on his Twitter account “sets a precedent that seems to be dangerous: the power that an individual or company wields over part of the public conversation.”
On Wednesday, Texas State Attorney Ken Paxton announced that he had asked Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter to explain the reasons for imposing a ban on Trump.
The public prosecutor considered that the step was taken by these companies “appears to be coordinated” and aims “to silence those whose political speech and beliefs do not coincide with the leaders of major technology companies.”
But the Twitter founder denied that this was a coordinated move, saying, “I don’t think this was coordinated. The most likely is that companies came to their own conclusions or were encouraged by the actions of others.”