Trump’s expulsion from Facebook and Twitter: a timeline.

After 6 January attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald J. Trump, social media sites including Twitter and Facebook have been urged to limit hate speech and glorification of violence on their platforms.

January 6, 2021: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is snatched unceremoniously and brutally by the great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long,” tweets Trump, in an accompanying post on Facebook. . Other posts include a video telling his supporters to “go home now”, while also offering encouragement such as “I know how you feel.” Twitter and Facebook eventually remove some of the posts and say that the president will be suspended at least until the following day.

January 7, 2021: Facebook blocks Mr. Trump until the end of his term, or until January 20. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, says the risks of Trump using the service were too great. Mr. Trump posts a video on Twitter saying he will support a peaceful transition of power.

January 8, 2021: Twitter permanently excludes Mr. Trump from his service “Because of the risk of further incitement to violence”, effectively interrupting him by his favorite megaphone.