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Snapchat to De-Platform Donald Trump’s Posts After Protest Remarks

Snapchat to De-Platform Donald Trump’s Posts After Protest Remarks

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A spokesperson addressed Trump’s comments on Wednesday.

Last week, President Donald Trump made headlines after re-using T.I.‘s song “Whatever You Like” on Snapchat. The president’s account edited the song and added video to create a semi-doctored anti-Joe Biden ad.

On Wednesday, the platform announced it would no longer promote Trump’s posts on the “Discover” feature. The decision came after Trump called governors in all 50 states to order police to “dominate” protesters.

“We are not currently promoting the President’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform,” Rachel Racusen said. Racusen serves as spokesperson for the platform’s parent company.

“Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society,” she continued. “We stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.” Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale replied, accusing Snapchat of “trying to rig the 2020 election” and “suppress President Trump.”

Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel went further in a memo to staff on Sunday.

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“We simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence,” he said. “Whether they do so on or off our platform. Our Discover content platform is a curated platform, where we decide what we promote. We have spoken time and time again about working hard to make a positive impact, and we will walk the talk with the content we promote on Snapchat.”

Last Week, Twitter introduced a fact-check label for tweets, attaching it to multiple tweets from Donald Trump’s account wroddabout mail-in ballots. Later, they put a warning label on a Trump tweet regarding nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.


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