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Facebook, Twitter remove Trump's video citing risks of violence

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Jan 06, 2021

WASHINGTON — Facebook and Twitter have removed a video from President Donald Trump, citing the risk of violence during the demonstrations in Washington D.C.

In the video, Trump tells people it's time to go home, calls for peace, law and order, and for people to respect law enforcement officers. He also falsely claims a "landslide" election was stolen from him.

Guy Rosen, the vice president of integrity at Facebook, said in a tweet the social media site was removing the video because "on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence."

A Facebook company spokesperson also released the following statement:

The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.

On Wednesday evening, Facebook says Trump will lose the ability to post for 24 hours after violating two policies.

Twitter attached a label on the video saying his claims of election fraud have been disputed and disabled the ability for people to reply to, retweet, or like the tweet "due to a risk of violence." The tweet was later removed by Twitter because it "violated the Twitter rules."

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Twitter posted more information on its decision in the thread below.

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