Snapchat stops promoting Donald Trump’s account due to ‘racial violence’
Snapchat claims to have stopped promoting President Donald Trump’s account.
As a result, it will no longer be present in the Discover section of the app. The firm said it “would not amplify rumors that incite racial violence and injustice.”
The decision follows Trump stating that “evil dogs” and “threatening weapons” would have been used on protesters if they had violated the fence of the White House.
Twitter’s decision to hide some of the president’s posts follows.
Snapchat said: “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we are together with everyone who seeks peace, love, equality and justice in America.”
The move will likely fuel tensions between the White House and social media, which escalated when Twitter added fact-checking tags to some of the President’s tweets last week.
The president subsequently signed an executive order that seeks to curb the legal protections offered to the sector.
Twitter later hid one of the president’s tweets for breaking its “glorification of violence” rules.
Snapchat’s action will put additional pressure on Facebook.
Its CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted internal and external calls to speak on the posts on his platform. Zuckerberg said the firm’s free speech principles mean that the president’s posts should remain unaffected.
President Trump has more than a million followers on Snapchat, according to the Bloomberg news agency, and his account will not be suspended or canceled.
However, the fact that it won’t appear in Discover means that your posts will only be viewed by people who sign up or search for your account directly.
The offensive comments that Snapchat cited to the US media as the cause of its move were not published on the Snapchat platform.