DONALD Trump’s Twitter ban came after Michelle Obama called on big tech firms to “stop enabling” him in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot.
The former First Lady, 56, urged social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to permanently ban the President and to make sure their platforms would never again used “to fuel insurrection.”Michelle Obama called on social media firms to permanently ban Donald TrumpCredit: Alamy Live News Donald Trump is said to have gone 'ballistic' when he learnt he'd been permanently banned from TwitterCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Michelle Obama’s comments came after hundreds of Trump fans stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC and took it over.
A total of five people, including one cop, were killed in the violent disorder with the mob disrupting Congress’s session to count the ballots in the presidential election.
Initially both Twitter and Facebook announced temporary bans on Trump but Obama pressed for a permanent ban.
“Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms,” Obama wrote in a statement Thursday.
Obama also urged the big tech companies to install new safeguards “to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection”.
Also in her statement Obama slammed MAGA fans who rioted at the US Capitol as a “gang” and called Donald Trump an “infantile and unpatriotic” president.
Obama claimed that the day “was the fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can’t handle the truth of his own failures,” referring to Trump.
Twitter at first imposed a 12-hour ban on Trump as a result of his tweets about the Capitol attack and said he’s one violation of the platform’s policies away from a permanent ban.Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill following a rally in Washington DCCredit: Reuters Obama described those who took over the Capitol building as a 'mob'Credit: AP:Associated Press
Previously the site had flagged Trump’s tweets about what he said was a rigged presidential election by saying his claims were disputed.
Trump’s tweets addressed to the mob where he urged them to go home but said he knows their “pain” and that “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away,” were removed as Trump’s allegations have not been substantiated.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday Trump would be banned from Facebook and Instagram until at least after the election following his failure to “condemn the actions of his supporters”.
The president said on Friday he is considering using other social media companies or even creating his own in the last set of tweets he sent out before Twitter permanently banned both his personal and campaign accounts.
"As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech," Trump wrote after his ban from the site.
"And tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me," the president tweeted from the @Potus account after @realDonaldTrump got banned.
"Twitter may be a private company," Trump continued, "but without the government's gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long."
Trump's tweets on the government-affiliated @POTUS were later deleted as it broke Twitter's rules of a banned person using another account to circumvent the rules.
A senior administration official told Politico Trump went "ballistic" following his ban from Twitter.The FBI has now made a number of arrests following the violence on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty
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