Facebook joins Twitter in blocking President Trump from posting on accounts following violent protest

Trump to supporters at Capitol Hill: 'We love you, you are very special'
Trump to supporters at Capitol Hill: 'We love you, you are very special'

WASHINGTON – For the first time in his four-year presidency, Twitter locked the account of President Donald Trump on Wednesday after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

The social-media giant said in a tweet that it was locked because of “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”

The move came just hours after a video tweeted by Trump was flagged and later removed from the platform. Facebook also removed the video. In it, Trump repeated his claims of a stolen election and called for protesters to go home.

Twitter said the account will be locked for 12 hours if the president removes certain tweets. If not, the account will remain locked.

On Wednesday evening, Facebook joined Twitter in blocking Trump from posting.


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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.