Facebook announced it would be stripping all photos and videos featuring Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol, claiming such content promoted criminal activity.
— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) January 7, 2021
“At this point,” the company wrote, “they represent promotion of criminal activity which violates our policies.” No such widespread censorship was afforded to the left-wing riots erupting last year, killing at least 30 people while reporters stood in front of burning blazes and characterized the events as “peaceful protests.”
Facebook’s decision comes as Twitter declared a 12-hour suspension of President Donald Trump’s account, going on to threaten a permanent ban against the president after removing a video from the White House urging his supporters raiding the capitol building to “go home now.”
This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be