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TikTok to remove videos of Trump inciting supporters to storm the Capitol

TikTok is set to remove videos of President Trump’s speech inciting supporters to mob the US Capitol on Wednesday, on the grounds of a violation of the company’s misinformation policy.

Despite this move, TikTok will still let people post “counter speech” videos that dispute incorrect claims, however, and will let videos remain on the platform if they condemn violence or if they’re posted by news organizations. TechCrunch was the first to report the news.

Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok,” the company said in a statement.

Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed.”

TikTok is also blocking hashtags related to the riots, such as #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty, like it did with other hashtags that represented election-related conspiracy theories in November.

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TikTok joins other social media platforms in restricting content about Wednesday’s riots. Facebook had previously committed to removing content supporting the storming of the Capitol or encouraging Wednesday’s events, among other measures.

The company went a step further by suspending Trump’s account “indefinitely” on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Twitter said it was taking action against tweets that violated its rules and that it was “significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence.

The company placed a temporary ban on Trump’s account on Wednesday evening and has threatened a permanent suspension if he violates its rules again.

Trump returned to Twitter Thursday evening, promising a smooth transition of power to the Biden administration.

Jenny M
Jennifer Madunagu is a diction/phonetics instructor and also a creative writer. She loves seeing movies and enjoys reading books. To follow Jennifer Madunagu - Twitter: @Jmadunagu



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