Snapchat permanently bans President Donald Trump’s account

Snapchat will predominately ban President Donald Trump's account following a riot at the Capitol by his supporters last week that led to him being impeached for the second time, the company said Wednesday. File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI

Jan. 14 (UPI) — Snapchat announced Wednesday that it will permanently ban President Donald Trump‘s account.

The social media company, which previously joined Twitter and Facebook in indefinitely suspending Trump’s accounts after his supporters stormed the Capitol building last week, said the president repeatedly tried to violate its community guidelines in a statement to CNBC and Bloomberg.

“In the interest of public safety and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account,” a spokesman for the company said.

In June, Snapchat stopped promoting Trump’s post on its “Discover” home page after a tweet he made threatening demonstrators protesting the police-involved killing of George Floyd.

“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality and justice in America,” the company said at the time.

In addition to the bans by Twitter and Facebook, Google has also blocked Trump’s YouTube page from posting for a week.


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