According to a company spokesman, YouTube removed the video separately. He said the post violated his guidelines on content attributed to widespread electoral fraud during the 2020 election. The spokesman said YouTube would allow users to repost the video if it had additional educational context.
Facebook first addressed the post by adding a label directing users to authoritative sources of information about the elections, which read, “The US has laws, procedures and institutions to ensure the integrity of our elections.” It later escalated its decision by completely removing the post.
“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate immediate action, including removing President Trump’s video,” tweeted Guy Rosen, Facebook’s integrity chief. “We removed it because we felt it would carry rather than reduce the risk of persistent violence.”
Trump used the video to continue falsely claiming he won in November, not President-elect Joe Biden.
“It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We must have peace. We have to have law and order, ”Trump said in the video, hours after a crowd of rioters broke through the Capitol and entered the chambers of the House and Senate.
Twitter’s public safety division tweeted that the social media company is “proactively working to protect the health of public conversation on-service and is taking action against content that violates its rules”. The social media platform also said it is “investigating other escalated enforcement actions” without going into further detail.
The companies have long been criticized by Democratic leaders, civil rights groups, and other advocates for failing to enforce their policies against inciting violence on their platforms in relation to Trump and his allies.
Social media platforms have again been urged to suspend or remove Trump during Wednesday’s riots, which resulted in Capitol Hill being locked down and lawmakers in gas masks evacuating as police distributed tear gas against rioters.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that “social media companies should suspend their accounts as soon as possible, as would any other advocate of disinformation and encourage violence. “
Rashad Robinson, president of the Color of Changed advocacy group, tweeted on Wednesday: “Enough is enough. It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to kick Trump off their platforms. “