Facebook and Instagram also announced that the president would be banned from posting to his accounts for 24 hours, dramatically escalating the consequences of his role in sowing violent chaos on Wednesday.
Facebook rolled out a new set of rules in response to today’s shocking events, as a result of a video clip in which President Trump praised a violent group of his supporters who stormed the US Capitol and Facebook removed the clip.
We've assessed two policy violations against President Trump's Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
Facebook said that the group of people who rushed to the Capitol on Wednesday is now subject to the company’s policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations” – and that designation is what it uses to enforce the rules against terrorists, mass murderers, and violent hate groups.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “The violent protests at the Capitol today are a disgrace.”
Last June, the company added to the same list the anti-government “Bugalo” movement, which encourages its followers to take up arms and prepare for or incite a civil war.
Global Policy Vice President Monica Beckert and Deputy Chief Integrity Jay Rosen described Wednesday’s events as “urgent” for the platform, and Rosen and Beckert wrote in a blog post, “At this point, they represent the promotion of criminal activity that violates our policies.”
“Let’s speak on behalf of the leadership team in saying what many of us feel. We were horrified by the violence at the Capitol today. We are dealing with these events as an emergency. The Election Operations Center has already been active in anticipation of the Georgia election and the Congressional vote to ratify the election, and we are monitoring the activity.” On our platform in real time. “
The company will remove any “attempts to respond to violence,” as well as crack down on anyone organizing any kind of protest that violates the newly enforced curfew in Washington, DC, even peaceful gatherings.
Facebook and Instagram have both started blocking content posted on the hashtag #StormTheCapitol. Facebook says it is in the process of removing any content that praises supporters of Trump who infiltrated the US Capitol building as well as any “incitement or encouragement” of Wednesday’s events, including photos and videos from the point of view of individuals.
Facebook has made some adjustments to the “emergency measures” it has put in place for the US elections, including requiring an additional administrative review of group posts and automatic disabling of comments on group posts that attract a “high rate” of encouraging violence or hate speech.
Facebook also says it is also constantly searching the platform for any posts calling for people to bring weapons to the site “not just in Washington but anywhere in the US – including protests.”
The Facebook blog also mentions previous crackdowns against militias, proud boys, and Qunun’s “incitement to violence” conspiracy. Every group connected and grew up on Facebook before finally being kicked off the platform.