The calls to pull Donald Trump’s social media accounts offline started almost immediately after the storming of the Capitol.
“Donald Trump is an autocrat who just used social media to help organize and incite an insurrection against the U.S. government and the peaceful transfer of power,” reads an email in my inbox this morning from an organization called Change the Terms, which fights hate online. “Donald Trump’s accounts must be banned from social media platforms immediately.”
Reporter Casey Newton made the same call in his newsletter this morning. As did racial justice organization Color of Change, the civil liberties group Muslim Advocates, a group of experts aiming to hold Facebook accountable called the Real Facebook Oversight Board, and a slew of individuals across Twitter.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded by pulling down Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts “indefinitely.”