Facebook previously removed a post by Trump that spread coronavirus misinformation, but, in general, the company has sparingly taken action on his posts.
“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” Guy Rosen, VP of Integrity at Facebook, said in a tweet.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the video, Trump repeated false claims that the election was stolen from him and his supporters. He told the rioters to “go home” and that they were “very special” while continuing to spread misinformation about the election, which he lost.
At the time of writing, Twitter has removed the ability to retweet or reply to Trump’s video. Users can still quote the tweet and add their own comment, however.
“This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted or liked due to a risk of violence,” a disclaimer under Trump’s tweet reads. (The claim of election fraud is not disputed; it is wrong).
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