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Snapchat Bans Donald Trump Permanently

Following US Capitol violence of Donald Trump’s supporters in Washington DC on 6th January, Social network companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have lately proceeded to suspend/ban Trump.

The most recent is his permanent ban from Snapchat. Operators of the platform fear that the outgoing President could use his account on the platform to create more unrest in the run-up to the inauguration of President-Elect, Joe Biden.

Snapchat had on Wednesday, announced that it had permanently banned Trump from its platform.

“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 terminate his account permanently,” Snapchat stated.

However, Attorney general Ken Paxton has today issued civil investigative demands (CIDs), asking social network companies to spell out their policies and practices regarding content moderation, stressing the right to free speech.

Paxton had on Wednesday, said he is demanding Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter to explain why Trump is not welcomed on their platforms.

“First Amendment rights and transparency must be maintained for a free online community to operate and thrive. However, the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President of the United States and several leading voices not only chills free speech, it wholly silences those whose speech and political beliefs do not align with leaders of Big Tech companies. Every American should be concerned about this large-scale silencing and the effects it will have on the future of free speech”.

“The public deserves the truth about how these companies moderate and possibly eliminate speech they disagree with. I am hopeful that these companies will set aside partisan politics and cooperate with these CIDs in order to get to the bottom of this contention and ensure a truly free online community consistent with the highest American ideals,” said Paxton.

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