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On January 7, A Snapchat spokesperson confirmed that Donald Trump’s Snapchat account was blocked, as reported by Sara Fischer on Axios. The Snapchat ban follows Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Key Takes:

  • Donald Trump’s Snapchat account was banned on January 7, 2021
  • He was banned due to spreading hate and promoting violence, which goes against Snapchat’s community guidelines
  • The ban follows similar actions taken by Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • The account was locked, then permanently banned one week later
  • Snapchat’s ban was based on Trump’s attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence
  • Snapchat claims to have stricter rules regarding hate speech and violence compared to other social media platforms, which resulted in the ban

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump, was banned from major social media platforms amid the Washington chaos. Snapchat is the latest to ban Trump dated January 7, 2021, becoming the 4th in the list led by Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. [Snapchat Trump January SnapchatFischeAaxios]

Trump’s Snapchat account would no longer be seen in the “Discover” section unless it is searched. (more on this later in the article)

A Snapchat spokesperson made the public statement and confirmed that the former president’s Snapchat account has been locked as the account spreads hate and promotes violence, something that’s against Snapchat’s community guidelines. 

“Hate speech or content that demeans, defames, or promotes discrimination or violence on the basis of race, color, caste, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status, immigration status, socio-economic status, age, weight, or pregnancy status is prohibited,” the community guidelines read. [Snapchat Trump January SnapchatFischeAaxios]

As reported by Sara Fisher on Axios and stated by Rachel Racusen, a Snapchat spokesperson, “We can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump’s Snapchat account,” reads the statement.

President Trump made some hateful comments and “violated” Snapchat’s community guidelines which resulted in the photo-sharing platform taking action against him and locking his account. One week after Snapchat locked Trump’s account, an official statement came from Snapchat on January 14th, that Trump’s Snapchat account has been permanently banned. 

First, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat had locked or temporarily disabled his accounts, as reported by Sara Fischer on Axious, but after Twitter banned his account once and for all, Snapchat followed and permanently banned Donald Trump’s Snapchat account. It is said that Trump was imposing threats to democracy and making bold statements. [Snapchat Trump January SnapchatFischeAaxios]

Trump permanently banned on Snapchat

“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account,” stated the Snapchat spokesperson on the Trump ban. 

A Snapchat spokesperson said that Snapchat is unique from other social media platforms and has stricter rules when it comes to hate speech and violence. Snapchat was designed “to protect against the spread of misinformation and harmful viral content.”

“Our platform is built for communicating with close friends, we have long deliberately emphasized curated and moderated content, and we don’t allow unvetted content to be shared with a large audience,” said the spokesperson. [Snapchat Trump January SnapchatFischeAaxios]

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