Every social media platform that's banned or restricted Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on at the end of his speech during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Bourg - RC2I2L971N2F
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Numerous social media platforms have banned or restricted US President Donald Trump from posting after some said he incited violence during the recent riot at the Capitol building and repeated false claims about voter fraud.

While Facebook and Twitter's action is possibly the most well-known, the outgoing President is facing a raft of responses from a range of platforms who are rapidly removing his account or accounts affiliated with the pro-Trump movement.

Here's a list of social media and tech companies that have banned or restricted Trump so far.


Facebook locked Trump's account on January 6 for an initial 24-hour period, but the following day, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the block would be extended until Inauguration Day on January 20.

"The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden," he said in a statement.

"We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks."

Before blocking his account, Facebook also removed a video posted by Trump where he addressed the violence happening at the Capitol but didn't fully condemn it.


Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account on Friday due to the "risk of further incitement of violence".

He then tried to tweet from the official @POTUS account, but Twitter quickly deleted his posts and suspended the @TrumpTeam account too.

"As we've said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules," a spokesperson for Twitter told People in a statement.

"We have taken steps to enforce this with regard to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not suspend those accounts permanently but will take action to limit their use."


Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has also banned Trump from posting for the next two weeks.

"Given the exceptional circumstances, and the fact that the President has decided to condone rather than condemn yesterday's violence at the Capital, we are extending the block we have placed on his accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks," head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said on Twitter.


Snapchat disabled Trump's account on Wednesday because it believes it promotes and spreads hate and incites violence.

The platform first took action against the President's account in June after it stopped promoting his account in the Discover section, which features professionally made content and prominent people.


Google has pulled right-wing social media app Parler from the Google Play store since it "seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US".

Google said its app store requires any apps with user-generated content to have moderation policies in place to help prevent the spread of violence.

"We're aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US," a Google spokesperson told CNN.

"We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.

"In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app's listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues."


Similar to Google, Apple has suspended Parler from its app store because the social media app hasn't taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts that incite violence.

Apple had initially given the platform 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan for posts threatening violence, but the company said it failed to do this.

"We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity," Apple said in a statement.

"Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people's safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues."


YouTube is taking action against misinformation by giving 'strikes' to any channels that post new videos with false election claims.

"Over the last month, we've removed thousands of videos which spread misinformation claiming widespread voter fraud changed the result of the 2020 election, including several videos President Trump posted to his channel," it said on Twitter.

Channels that receive a strike are temporarily suspended from posting or live streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in a 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube.


Any videos of Trump's speeches posted to TikTok that are believed to have incited violence during the riots at the Capitol will be removed.

Also, it is blocking hashtags used by rioters such as #stormthecapitol, #patriotparty, and #QAnon, and if these terms are searched, people will be redirected to the platform's community guidelines.

"Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok. Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed," a TikTok spokesperson said.

Trump fought throughout late-2020 to ban TikTok, which is Chinese-owned, and instead wanted US company ByteDance to buy it.


Reddit has banned the subreddit group r/DonaldTrump, which is one of the website's largest political communities.

"Reddit's site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals," a spokesperson told Axios.

"In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed."

The forum had about 52,000 members before it was shut down.


Although Trump doesn't have a Pinterest account, the platform has been limiting pro-Trump topics such as 'Stop the Steal' since around the November election.

If someone tries to search terms the company has blocked people get the following message: "Pins about this topic often violate our community guidelines, so we're currently unable to show search results."

"Pinterest isn't a place for threats, promotion of violence or hateful content," a Pinterest spokesperson said.

"Our team is continuing to monitor and removing harmful content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories that may incite violence."


Amazon-owned video livestreaming platform Twitch, which was made popular by gamers, disabled Trump's account indefinitely on January 7.

"In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel," a spokesperson told TechCrunch

"Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."

Twitch also temporarily banned Trump's channel back in June for hateful content around the Black Lives Matter protests.


Discord, an instant messaging and chat room app, banned a server called "TheDonald.win".

"While there is no evidence of the server being used to organize the Jan 6 riots, Discord decided to ban the entire server today due to its overt connection to an online forum used to incite violence and plan an armed insurrection in the United States," Discord told outlet Mother Jones.

According to the outlet, "TheDonald.win" is a copy of subreddit "r/The_Donald", which was banned on Reddit in June.


Shopify has removed two online stores connected to Trump - his organisation and his campaign's merchandise sites - for violating the platform's policies.

"Shopify does not tolerate actions that invite violence," a spokesperson told the Financial Times.

"Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J Trump violate our acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump."