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Facebook has updated its Inauguration Day preparations to include a temporary ban on ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment at least through January 22nd “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said in a new blog post Saturday. “We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories such as gun safes, vests and gun holsters in the US,” the statement reads.
The ban comes after Facebook was criticized for allowing posts across its platforms that promoted and organized the deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol building. The ads for military gear such as body armor and gun holsters ran next to Facebook and Instagram posts about...
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YouTube has removed a new video uploaded to President Trump’s account for violating the company’s content policies on inciting violence. The account has also been issued a “strike” and is unable to upload new content for at least a week. It’s presently unclear exactly which video prompted the action on Trump’s account, or what the offending material was. YouTube declined to provide specific details on the video’s content.
“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence.” YouTube says in a statement to The Verge. “As a result, in accordance with our long-standing...
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The internal memo, reviewed by The Information, was sent after Facebook suspended President Donald Trump's account in the wake of the Capitol siege.
The insurrection has prompted Big Tech to re-evaluate its policies.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the ban on Thursday, saying the risks of allowing Trump to remain on the platform "are simply too great."
The social-media company suspended the president's account due to the "risk of further incitement of violence."
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It's the end of the road for Trump on Twitter, after he was judged to be using the platform to incite violence.
Don't worry, Mr President, we've found another platform for you: /dev/null Twitter on Friday permanently deleted President Trump's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, over fears the election loser's tweets could incite further mayhem in America.…
Twitter said it moved to permanently ban Trump "after close review of recent Tweets," citing "the risk of further incitement of violence."
Even ecommerce platform Shopify permanently shutters Don's shops After the trashing of the US Capitol by a mob incited by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg found the rampage, which had been planned for weeks on social media, "shocking" and extended the temporary block placed on Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely, or for at least two weeks.…