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Donald Trump is the 45th US President, but he failed to win a second term in November meaning that on January 20, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden will be sworn in as the next US President. In protest of the USA election result, pro-Donald Trump protesters swarmed the Capitol building in Washington DC in violent scenes in which four people died. Mr Trump faced accusations about inciting the violence at the Capitol, prompting Twitter to suspend his account. But when will he be allowed back on Twitter and Facebook?
The US leader on Wednesday asked his supporters to march towards the Capitol building in protest.
These individuals were protesting against the outcome of the result of the 2020 US election.
Protesters argued the result should be overturned and chose to argue ahead outside the Capitol building where lawmakers met to confirm the appointment of the President-elect.
Dramatic footage showed demonstrators swarming the building as Congress members were escorted to safety by police.
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Rioters were seen marching through the building chanting “We want Trump” and one was photographed in the Senate president’s chair.
The US leader called on his supporters to avoid violence and to go home.
However, there was little evidence protesters obeyed this instruction from Donald Trump, even with a curfew declared by the city mayor from 6pm to 6am local time (11pm to 11am GMT).
Mr Trump recorded a video message calling on his supporters to leave the Capitol while reiterating his unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen.
In the video, Mr Trump said: “We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
“But you have to go home now.
“We have to have peace, law and order and we have to respect our great people in law in order.
“We don’t want anyone hurt and it is a very tough period of time, there has never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they can take it away from all of us, from me, from you and from our country.
“This was a fraudulent election but we can’t play into the hands of these people, we have to have peace.”
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When will Donald Trump be allowed back on Twitter and Facebook?
Mr Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were locked on Wednesday after he shared posts related to rioting supporters.
Twitter threatened Mr Trump with “permanent suspension” from the platform.
The suspension comes after the site demanded he removes tweets wherein he excused violence at the Capitol.
The social media platform earlier removed the retweet, like and reply functions on a video within which Mr Trump addressed his supporters who had clashed with police in Washington DC.
Twitter said the three tweets were removed under the “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.
The company said the US leader’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed.
Twitter added: “Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
The social media company has declined to comment on this matter, but it is likely Mr Trump or a member of his team has taken action to restore his account after the 12-hour ban ended.
The ban ended officially at 7am Washington time (12pm GMT) but Mr Trump has yet to return to the social network.
On Facebook, Trump’s suspension for the same posts will last a full 24 hours, the social network said.
Mr Trump’s account is also suspended on Instagram, the picture-sharing platform owned by Facebook.
Facebook’s vice president of integrity Guy Rosen, meanwhile, tweeted that Mr Trump’s video had been removed entirely from the platform.
He said: “We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
Mr Trump’s video was also removed from YouTube for violating its policies on election integrity.
The Google-owned video platform operates a three-strike system where channels are suspended for an increasing duration at each strike until they are eventually permanently removed.
YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo said: “We removed a video posted Wednesday afternoon to Donald Trump’s channel that violated our policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 US election.
“We do allow copies of this video if uploaded with additional context and sufficient educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA) value.”
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