Facebook and YouTube remove Trump video calling extremists ‘special’ – TechCrunch

Facebook And YouTube has removed a video by President Trump telling the rioters that attacked Congress “We love you. The same video was released online but was being shared by Twitter just minutes earlier.”

A great deal of video and content from the chaotic scene in Washington, DC can be found on social media, but Trump’s remarks were spare. His posts suggested the rioters “remain peaceful”, well after the Capitol buildings broke down and the Congress was evacuated.

At around 5 pm Eastern time, Trump posted a video in which he repeated that the election was “stolen”, but now you have to go home. Go home, we love you. You are very special “

On Twitter It was soon banned, with a big warning that “the response to this tweet cannot be retweeted, or liked, because of the risk of violence.”

On Facebook, VP of Integrity Gon Rosen wrote on Twitter that “This is an emergency and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including the removal of President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to reducing the risk of ongoing violence. “

Some examples of Trump’s removal of a post on Facebook are given. in August, Company took a video In which Trump said that the children were “almost immune” to COVID-19, a dangerous and inaccurate claim backed by science.

While Twitter and Facebook formulated policies to deal with threats to the elections due in November, YouTube remained mostly calm. A month after the election, in early December, Company announced It would begin to remove material that made false claims that the US election was influenced by “widespread fraud or errors”. YouTube’s decision to remove the president’s video on Wednesday aligned with that policy.

A YouTube spokesman told TechCrunch, “We removed a video posted this afternoon on Donald Trump’s channel that violated our policies regarding widespread fraud or errors.” Reference to “educational” value.

This story is developing.