Tech giant Facebook has removed several videos showing pro-Trump protesters calling to join peaceful protests across the United States in the middle of the joint session in Congress to certify the 2020 election results.
Protests coordinated by Trump supporters calling for electoral integrity ended up being censored on social networks. National File reported that both photos and videos of the protesters have been classified by Facebook as “promoting criminal activity.”
The day in Washington that left a woman dead after the clashes between protesters and authorities served as an excuse for Facebook, through a press release, to claim that it would remove the information from its platform.
Some of the specifics given in the Facebook report, indicate that praise and support for the assault on the U.S. Capitol is prohibited.
Calls to carry weapons to places in the United States, not only in Washington but anywhere in the United States, including protests, are also not allowed.
Similarly, incitement or encouragement of events, including photos and videos of protesters, as well as calls for protests, even if peaceful or in violation of D.C. curfews, are prohibited.
The statement also details that it is prohibited to reinstate any attempt at violence in the coming days.
Additional controls to be implemented on the social network include increased requirements for group administrators to review and approve posts before they can be uploaded.
An automatic deactivation of those comments posted in groups that may have a high rate of hate speech or that directly incite violence, and the use of artificial intelligence to degrade content that does not meet the criteria for violation.
Following the Facebook announcement, Twitter made the decision to block Donald Trump’s account for at least 12 hours, while Facebook will block and implement more severe restrictions by blocking his account at least until Democrat Joe Biden takes office.
Throughout the 2020 election race, Big Tech actively implemented censorship against President Trump and any content that compromised the election results of then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden despite not having sufficient arguments to do so.
Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey participated in congressional hearings on Oct. 28 and Nov. 17 of last year about the platform’s decision to censor a New York Post story that implicated Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in illicit business overseas.
The platform’s CEO, who called the New York Post’s publication “pirated material,” eventually retracted his statement and said it was a mistake.