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“Storm the Capitol,” one replied, which received more than 500 upvotes. “You’re fucking right we do,” another said.— Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou (@misyrlena) January 7, 2021
“All this bs about not bringing guns to DC needs to stop,” read one post. “This is America. Fuck DC it's in the Constitution. Bring your goddamn guns.” https://t.co/P8rujdoTZY
Everybody will have lots of definitive thoughts about twitter’s actions tonight. These are difficult decisions; with multiple POVs that are never black and white, all shifting in real-time, with millions of users sure to hate whatever you decide. Kudos to the team’s courage— dick costolo (@dickc) January 7, 2021
The problem with the argument that now was the right time to delete/suspend Trump's account is that he… didn't do anything different yesterday? He's spent four years saying "violence is good when it is from my supporters towards my opponents".— alex hern (@alexhern) January 7, 2021
We need to find a way to end the conspiracy theories. The rapid spread of misinformation. The dangerous leaders that got us here and stoke the flames. And the dysfunction in the government. It’s the only way forward.— Aaron Levie (@levie) January 7, 2021
Antifa Agitation!— Ali 🟧 #StopTheSteal (@ali) January 6, 2021
Trump’s Snapchat account is also locked, Snapchat tells me. (He was already blocked last year from his content appearing on Discover. Now he can’t post at all.)— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) January 7, 2021
Law enforcement was entirely unprepared for what happened today at the US Capitol.— Molly Hensley-Clancy (@mollyhc) January 6, 2021
But here's the thing: it was being planned out, explicitly, in detail, in public, for weeks on the pro-Trump internet. Every single illegal thing.
From me and @JaneLytv:https://t.co/rx06yjgn55
Does that include photos and video posted by reporters covering this attempted white supremacist coup? This policy seems wildly overly broad and vague, par for the course when social media platforms make moderation decisions based on news cycles https://t.co/qRLFE7p7Ca— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) January 7, 2021
Facebook appears to be *finally* taking seriously what is happening inside Facebook Groups, the product that they have aggressively pushed for years despite mountains of evidence that they were being used to recruit and organize violent extremists https://t.co/QSFGcFUTkH pic.twitter.com/ANzlS8bHXZ— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 7, 2021
"'For four years you’ve rationalized this terror.' ... Twitter, Facebook and others had long resisted cracking down on Mr. Trump’s posts and other toxic content. ... 'This is a demonstration of the very real-world impact of echo chambers.'" https://t.co/dMGVM5czyh— Stefan Ottlitz (@hierprivat) January 7, 2021
As QAnon people descend upon DC, it's been a full month since Q last posted. Q followers have moved onto 8kun administrator Ron Watkins for guidance and "drops," and he may have been Q all along.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 6, 2021
Watkins has spent the morning saying the Georgia runoff was rigged by the Italians.
political media spent 4 years talking to republican operatives pretending to be working class white people in diners and ignoring the extremist movement that was right under everyone's noses, literally on Facebook, available for all to see. this is qanon. this is what qanon means— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 6, 2021
There have been good arguments for private companies to not silence elected officials, but all those arguments are predicated on the protection of constitutional governance.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) January 6, 2021
Twitter and Facebook have to cut him off. There are no legitimate equities left and labeling won't do it. pic.twitter.com/Nji6A4sJum
BREAKING: revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking windows, and knocking down doors— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
Full anarchy at this “mostly peaceful” demonstration DC
The people have pushed through & are storming to main chambers pic.twitter.com/NW6VDDNBQw
We've made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.— Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
A Twitter spokesperson tells me Lin Wood has actually been permanently removed from the platform. Here is the sequence of events of how this happened:— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
I could be wrong, but I think the latest Trump post could be the one that finally causes the platforms to hold hands and jump.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 6, 2021
If you were ever in any doubt about who is really in charge.— Laurence Fox (@LozzaFox) January 7, 2021
After this dreadful time has passed, big tech must be held to account for the part they have played in this dark time for democracy.
Also, what is civic integrity?
And who decides how integral the civility is? https://t.co/kg1aRrtjjY
What’s happening today is surreal. And horrifying. And yet, for researchers studying these online networks and the participatory dynamics of disinformation, there’s this strange comfort — everyone else can finally see what we’ve been seeing... for years.— Kate Starbird (@katestarbird) January 7, 2021
Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 6, 2021
Honestly, going to scream if one more cable pundit says they could not see this coming.— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) January 6, 2021
PHONE LITERALLY ANY REPORTER COVERING QANON/FAR RIGHT MOVEMENTS.
BREAKING: Facebook blocking the President from posting for 24 hours.— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 7, 2021
“We've assessed two policy violations against President Trump's Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.”
Not everyone storming the Capitol is QAnon, but make no mistake: this wouldn't have happened without QAnon, the politicians and partisan media figures who cynically embraced it, and the platforms that amplified it for years.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 6, 2021
Couple days ago Hawley ran to Twitter to whine about a peaceful protest outside of his home with about 15 people, claiming they were antifa terrorists vandalizing his house (none of that was true).— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) January 6, 2021
Today: silence as the people HE supported literally stormed the Capitol. https://t.co/OrhrEeZ2Qk
If the precedent that we're collectively happy to set is "the president can incite a fascist coup and we'll only put limits on his tweets after the coup has failed" then, um, one day you're going to wake up to find that the coup has not in fact failed— alex hern (@alexhern) January 7, 2021
As protestors stormed the Capitol, Facebook employees took to their internal workplace message board to express their fears and ask that Trump be removed from the platform. In response, management shut down threads and prevented them from commenting. https://t.co/e632c2dLMx— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
'For years, I opposed Twitter and others deplatforming the president...No longer. ...It’s time for @Facebook, @Twitter, and @YouTube to remove Trump. ...The time has come for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to act. Ban Trump now.' @CaseyNewton @Platformer https://t.co/xgIjbVKb7e— Cindy Gallop (@cindygallop) January 7, 2021
Twitter confirms to CBS News that it has blocked followers of President Trump from commenting on his most recent post and blocked the ability to retweet his post or like the post. There is the option to quote it and comment on it. https://t.co/beTTJE26Z3— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 6, 2021
Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong.
And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support.
Google CEO @sundarpichai— Ina Fried (@inafried) January 6, 2021
"Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy. ... The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it. pic.twitter.com/aWgDRnRhn9
Facebook and Twitter giving Trump a little time out is NOT ENOUGH.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 7, 2021
Trump instigated an act of domestic terrorism against America.
Facebook and Twitter have banned other extremists PERMANENTLY.
They must ban Trump PERMANENTLY. NOW!#BanTrumpSaveDemocracy
Ben Thompson, who has defended Twitter and Facebook's decisions not to remove Trump content, says he is willing to make an exception now: "Preserving democracy is, by definition, even higher on the priority stack. Turn off Trump’s account" https://t.co/VDnvPaiTzh— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) January 7, 2021
Internet platforms — FB, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, etc. — enabled this. They amplified hate speech, disinformation, and conspiracy theories because it was profitable. They are accessories to the felonies we are seeing on our TVs ... and many others.— Roger McNamee (@Moonalice) January 6, 2021
.@Twitter, @Facebook, @jack & Mark Zuckerberg are responsible for what has happened today.— Rob Gill (@vote4robgill) January 6, 2021
Facebook allows these terrorists to recruit and plan violent attacks on democracy under private groups.
Twitter allows @realDonaldTrump to spread messages of hate to millions. #DC #MAGA pic.twitter.com/6W6U2FO1sp
Taken with a grain of salt that labels and prompts do not demonstrably curb abuse, here’s Facebook displaying non-related Covid notices in all the Stop the Steal pages where Trump supporters coordinated their assault on the Capitol today pic.twitter.com/2wLZCo0oaK— sarah emerson (@SarahNEmerson) January 6, 2021
As member of Twitter's Global Trust and Safety Council agree with this, and it has been raised in past with senior team from many members!— Alex Holmes (@abcholmes) January 6, 2021
So Trump has access to the nuclear codes but he can't Tweet or post to Facebook.— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) January 7, 2021
1) All online platforms should disclose how their algorithmic recommendations work— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 7, 2021
2) There should be a legally required amount of full-time moderators you must employ based on your user size
3) And we must break up all tech monopolies
We cannot live like this anymore. https://t.co/mCbvpTVynR
Facebook (including Instagram) are removing all photos/videos from the coup today. Again, showing they are perfectly able to act and remove content if they wanted to. It took an armed coup attempt to actually do anything. With only a fortnight of Trump remaining. https://t.co/Ok7Xn1MAB6— Tama Leaver (@tamaleaver) January 7, 2021
Trump has tweeted a video in which he lies that the “election was stolen from us” and lies that he won in “a landslide,” then tells the mob “but you have to go home now,” then calls the election “fraudulent,” then says we need “peace,” then calls the mob “very special.”— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 6, 2021
About 10 mins after Trump's latest incendiary tweet -- as his supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing a lockdown -- Twitter added a "disputed" label to it.— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) January 6, 2021
I've asked the company if it plans any other action, including suspension, given the dire situation. No word.
NEW: YouTube removed Trump's video because it contained widespread disinformation about the 2020 election results. But, yes, people can use the video if they add educational or additional news context. That's not new, but it's how people get around the video not being taken down. https://t.co/aK3BU1eVxH— julia alexander (@loudmouthjulia) January 6, 2021
In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 6, 2021
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube decimated our journalism industry. They radicalized our friends and family. They gave authoritarians and fascists unlimited access to our attention spans.— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 6, 2021
This is one of Twitter's earliest investors saying Jack Dorsey has blood on his hands. https://t.co/8DjFiTJYFZ
I had reps from Twitter tell me that the president advocating for a civil war didn’t violate their TOS. This year! I don’t care what fun widgets they put on his tweets. Their products made this completely frictionless. Just disgusting and embarrassing.— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 6, 2021
Statement from Facebook: “The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) January 6, 2021
"At 2:24 pm after Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Pence 'didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done,' dozens of messages on Gab called for those inside the Capitol building to hunt down the vice president. In videos...protesters could be heard chanting “Where is Pence?” https://t.co/TxHVtxNjil— Kim Zetter (@KimZetter) January 6, 2021
We are also exploring other escalated enforcement actions and will keep the public updated with any significant developments.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 6, 2021
Minor as it is, a 24h posting ban is probably the most severe consequence to his actions Trump has ever faced— Vaush (@VaushV) January 7, 2021
This is about public safety and the safety of those trapped in Congress now. He has no part in calming down the mob he incited — this will be up to the police and the National Guard.— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) January 6, 2021
Facebook employees “were scared and frustrated” at fascists storming the US Capitol.— Tech Won't Save Us (@techwontsaveus) January 7, 2021
When they started discussing it an internal message board, “Facebook moved to silence them.”
“What excuse did we use not to ban him this time?” asked one worker. https://t.co/J5feWEskTh
Let me say in no uncertain terms @jack @vijaya @kayvz: If you do not suspend Donald Trump’s Twitter account for the next day at least, this mob attack on Congress is also on you. Sorry, but he has incited violence for days, using your tools in large part and you need to act now.— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) January 6, 2021
In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 6, 2021
"No one should be under the illusion that deplatforming Trump will end the erosion of our democracy," writes @CaseyNewton. "But we saw today that Trump’s continued presence will accelerate it... The time has come for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to act." https://t.co/zFMip3MNO1— Demian Bulwa (@demianbulwa) January 7, 2021
Breaking: Facebook has removed Trump's video from the platform— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 6, 2021
There are a lot of factors that led to what’s happening today, but let’s be clear:— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 6, 2021
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for years chose profit over our safety and our sanity. The terror and the violence we are seeing right now is because of their absolute cowardice and greed.
Two new actions from Facebook:— Taylor Hatmaker (@tayhatmaker) January 7, 2021
1. Trump now locked out of posting to Facebook for 24 hrs
2. Facebook and Instagram have blocked the #StormTheCapitol hashtag. Movement gets FB's "dangerous" org designation, usually reserved for hate groups + terrorists https://t.co/SJo9XPdikA
Hey Mark Zuckerberg, @jack, @SusanWojcicki and @sundarpichai -- Donald Trump just incited a violent attack on American democracy.— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 6, 2021
Is that FINALLY enough for you to act?!
It's time to ban Donald Trump from your platforms once and for all! pic.twitter.com/4oWoiMu0eC
We've assessed two policy violations against President Trump's Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
speech that presents “clear and present danger” or “imminent lawless action” is not protected under the 1st amendment. via (schenck v. united states / brandenburg v. ohio)— Colin Eckardt (@thecolinjay) January 7, 2021
so technically no, the first amendment is not under attack. https://t.co/a9hseHtOTF
This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump's video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.— Guy Rosen (@guyro) January 6, 2021
At this point Facebook is actually taking a (relatively) stronger approach to POTUS' posts than Twitter, which is the opposite of how it has gone in the past.— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 6, 2021
Trump had to storm the capital, urge his followers to take up arms, put out a video praising them as patriots, and then he gets banned? And yet there are good people on social media who were banned for calling #Trump a white fascist? #WashingtonDC https://t.co/fO3BvQrX8T— Black and Asian Lawyers For Justice (@BameFor) January 7, 2021
Twitter locked Trump out of his account for 12 hours & requires him to delete 3 tweets or his account will remain suspended indefinitely. If Trump again violates the policies, his account will be permanently suspended from Twitter.— Rob de Nazar🔶🌿🌈United Progressives🧡💚❤️💛+US💙 (@robdn) January 7, 2021
But he still has power!https://t.co/JXumWQenpc
BREAKING - Trump's accounts locked to stop incitement of violence— Max Jansen (@MaximilianJans2) January 7, 2021
➡️ Facebook & Twitter lock accounts after video address.
➡️ Actions were aimed at addressing the president’s spread of misinformation and the incitement of violence#Trump #Capitol #UShttps://t.co/da9uBkiCNQ
Whilst this is being presented as 'social media giants get tough' - the truth is Trump used @Twitter to bypass the broadcasting media and speak direct to praise his fascist mob - the networks then dutifully re-played his messagehttps://t.co/VWEledFOkc— Bella Caledonia (@bellacaledonia) January 7, 2021
Donald Trump has been temporarily locked out of Twitter, and his provocative video message to supporters has been deleted from both Facebook and Youtube.— Eileen Guo (@eileenguo) January 7, 2021
But is this enough? @abbyohlheiser and I speak to @daniellecitron + @laura for @techreviewhttps://t.co/IP2PL74DvZ
I spoke with @bobbie and @eileenguo about Twitter, Jack and Trump's Twitter account.— laura i. gómez (@laura) January 7, 2021
"There is now even more evidence to suspend the president, and failing to do so will lead to a “ripple effect” if he continues to tweet incendiary content."https://t.co/mAqRiw2fp5
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#Katyayan #TrumpRally #TrumpIsALaughingStock #TrumpCoupAttempt #TrumpIsANationalDisgrace#TrumpIsPathetic #TrumpIsACriminal#Trump #WashingtonDC #Capitol #America— KATYAYAN VAJPAYEE (@KVajpayaee) January 7, 2021
The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter lock Trump’s social media accounts after video address.https://t.co/RidNN3usBO
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