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Twitter, Facebook Temporarily Muzzle Trump After DC Violence

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Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

In an unprecedented step, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump after he repeatedly posted false accusations about the integrity of the election. Twitter, which locked Trump’s account for 12 hours, also threatened him with a permanent ban if he breaks the rules again. Facebook and Instagram blocked Trump from being able to post for 24 hours. The two platforms, as well as YouTube, had already removed a short video Trump posted Wednesday in which he urged supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to “go home” while at the same repeating false attacks about the presidential election.

 

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