Snapchat joins the rest of the social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and more in permanently banning US President Donald Trump's accounts.
This was after pro-Trump violent mobsters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, which left five people dead and many others injured. On Jan. 13 (US time), Trump was impeached by the US Congress for "inciting insurrection." He is the only president in US history to be impeached twice.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Snapchat said in a statement, “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."
According to platform, Trump violated their guidlines by attempting "to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence." They added, "We have made the decision to permanently terminate his account.”
This wasn't the first time Snapchat has called out Trump. In June 2020, the social media platform removed the President's account on their Discover section—“a curated platform, where we decide what we promote”—for incendiary comments. It was not mentioned which comments they were referring to, but chief executive Evan Spiegel released a memo advising his employees to “walk the talk” in promoting content that will make "a positive impact."
"We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover," the company said in a statement. "Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America."