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.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
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.