Here is a rundown of what has transpired this week in terms of social media and the banning of President Donald Trump on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. YouTube also made changes this week and APPLE and Google are targeting Parler.
Mark Zuckerberg came out with a statement Friday of how they have allowed President Trump to utilize their platform the last sever years within their rules while at times removing and labeling posts when they violate policy based on access to political speech. However, Zuckerberg said Friday that they have suspended/blocked his accounts for a period of two weeks until the transition of power is complete. More info
It was announced Friday that Twitter has permantaly suspended @RealdDonaldTrump account and the context around them saying there is a risk for further incitement of violence. In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
In a statement, they said accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement. More info.
Apple & Google
Alphabets Google announced it has suspended Parler social networking from its app store based on it inciting violence. It has demanded the platform begin “robust” content moderating.
Apple said Friday it was giving a 24-hour notice to submit a detailed moderation plan before it would remove the platform from its Apple store.
Parler is on record saying Apple was applying standards to Parler that it did not apply to itself. More info
YouTube Announces New “Strike” policy
The platform will begin stepping up its enforcement with a new policy that will issue “strikes” against channels that post videos that violate its policies with “false claims” – the policy went into effect on Tuesday. YouTube has a strike policy where if you have to many strikes, ones channel will become demonetized or will even be shut down.
YouTube says in the last month, it has removed thousands of videos relating to voter fraud related to the presidential election. The move is aimed to help stop the spread of false information. More Info