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Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. Capitol By Reuters

Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. Capitol By Reuters
Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. Capitol

Violent rhetoric and advice on weaponry ramped up significantly in the past three weeks on social media platforms as groups planned for the rallies, including white nationalists and enthusiasts of the wide-ranging QAnon conspiracy theory, according to researchers and public postings.As the siege of the Capitol escalated on Wednesday, civil rights groups including The Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change called for social media companies to suspend Trump's accounts permanently.Twitter and Facebook acted against major QAnon accounts last year, but by the time they did, influencers had been able to drive their followers to new platforms, such as Parler, and closed channels, like those on Telegram, where their conduct was harder to track.Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos likewise tweeted: "Twitter and Facebook have to cut him off.

A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the internal posts.

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