KEY POINTS

  • Donald Trump has been banned from Snapchat for spreading misinformation and inciting violence
  • The company said that the decision was made in the "interest of public safety"
  • Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have either banned or temporarily suspended Trump's accounts

Snapchat has become the latest social media platform to completely ban outgoing President Donald Trump following the riots that took place at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan.6.

Snapchat made its decision after the company’s assessment on what could happen if Trump were to continue spreading misinformation and hate speech on social media, Variety first reported.

“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long-term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community,” Snapchat said in a statement.

The platform noted that the management decided to terminate the president’s account because of his attempts to “incite violence” that could jeopardize America’s democracy.

“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account,” the company concluded.

The announcement comes almost a day after YouTube suspended Trump’s account for seven days and took down a video for violating its content policies. YouTube has also disabled the comments section of his account.

“Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section,” the platform added.

Facebook and Instagram have already temporarily suspended the POTUS’ accounts on their respective platforms for making false claims about voter fraud and inciting violence.

Twitter is the only other social media service to permanently ban the president.

“After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” a statement that was written on its official blog read.

A plethora of netizens and celebrities have been demanding for the suspension of Trump’s social media accounts to save democracy.

Sacha Baron Cohen has been one of the few celebrities to continuously tag the owners or CEOs of big tech companies on social media and urge them to make a decision that creates a lot of impact on the minds of the people.

Other notable personalities like Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Dylan O’Brien, Monica Lewinsky, and more have also been spearheading the fight to remove Trump from social media.

The cancelled diplomatic trips round off four tumultuous years of foreign policy under President Donald Trump that tested Washington's traditional allies in both Europe and Asia The cancelled diplomatic trips round off four tumultuous years of foreign policy under President Donald Trump that tested Washington's traditional allies in both Europe and Asia Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN