Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter was perhaps the biggest and most significant social media suspension ever in the entire history of the United States presidency.
Donald Trump’s reliance on Twitter which he often used to share his spectators no matter how questionable they were was arguably his best means of communication, but following Wednesday’s riot in Washington DC, Twitter decided that they couldn’t risk any further provocations of violence and pulled the plug on @realDonaldTrump and his 57,000 tweets.
The Twitter embargo is just one of the many major platforms to either stop Donald Trump from using their apps or websites or impose major restrictions on any of his content.
To date, Donald Trump has been banned from 14 different websites and social media apps.
So without further ado, here are what websites and apps Donald Trump can no longer use.
Twitter banned Donald Trump on Friday 8th January over concerns that he would encourage more violence from his supporters on the US capital.
Facebook originally locked Donald Trump out of his account on their site on 6th January for only 24 hours but prolonged that ban to last for two weeks until there had been a peaceful transition of leadership to the Biden administration.
Instagram is owned by Facebook so the same prohibition pertains to Donald Trump on that app too. The ban was confirmed by the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri on 7th January.
Google was the first to raise concerns and ban the pro-Trump social media app Parler when it pulled the app from their Google Play store for failing to moderate those spread of threats of violence.
In a statement, a Google spokesperson said that to protect user safety on Google Play, their longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and implementation that extracts egregious content like posts that encourage violence.
Following Google’s lead, Apple also banned Parler from their app store, and in a lengthy statement, an Apple spokesperson cited that Parler had not upheld its commitment to moderate and eliminate harmful or dangerous content inciting violence and illegal activity and that it wasn’t in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.
Parler has also been banned from Amazon’s web hosting service after finding numerous posts that encouraged violence.
In a letter from Amazon Web Services to Parler published by NBC News, Amazon said that recently they’d seen a steady rise in this violent content on their website, all of which violated their terms and it was plain that Parler didn’t have an effective method to comply with the AWS terms of service.
YouTube, the video website, which is owned by Google, put out a long statement following the riots claiming that they’ve removed thousands of videos that spread misinformation about the election results including some shared by Donald Trump. They added that any channel continuing to share fraudulent information will now get a warning.
Donald Trump was banned from Snapchat following Wednesday’s riot. Speaking to Business Insider, a Snapchat spokesperson said that they were not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform and that they would not amplify voices who encourage racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover.
They said that racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and that they stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality and justice in America.
Ironically Donald Trump has spent much of the year attempting to ban TikTok because of security interests encompassing the Chinese company. However, TikTok has turned the tables and confirmed that they will be removing any of Donald Trump’s speeches that they consider to have prompted any violence as well as hashtags such as #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty.
Twitch, the popular stream service, which is predominately used by gamers, also moved swiftly on Thursday to eliminate any threats of violence.
A Twitch spokesperson told Axios that in light of the shocking raid on the Capitol, they have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel, and given the current unusual circumstances and the President’s inflammatory rhetoric, they believe this was a necessary step to protect the community and to prevent Twitch from being used to encourage further violence.
On Friday, Reddit reportedly banned the subreddit ‘r/Donald Trump, talking to Axios, Reddit added, Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that advocates hate, or promotes, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals.
Following this, they have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of their policies and to offer support or resources as needed.
Even Donald Trump’s merchandise is getting pulled. Shopify has confirmed that both the Trump organisation and the president’s official merchandise store will no longer be on their services because of their zero tolerance towards violence policy.
Pinterest is the strangest one and the one that’s generated several jokes, but despite not having a Pinterest account, the site has been banning any pro-Trump topics from their service since November, after the election was confirmed for Joe Biden.
A spokesperson said that Pinterest wasn’t a place for threats, promotion of violence or offensive content and their team was continuing to monitor and remove objectionable content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories that might encourage violence.
A viral image from Fox News has suggested that Donald Trump is banned from Spotify too but there have been no announcements as to whether this is correct. Either way, Donald Trump is going to struggle to keep himself entertained on the internet now.
But this is what happens when content becomes charged with hatred and violence with plans to disrupt. However, these platforms regularly permit hate speech, and they openly allowed Donald Trump to do this until now.
And isn’t this just another nail in the coffin for free speech? And anyone that has a different view will be told to shut up, but then we might be giving people like Hitler a free pass if they don’t.