On Wednesday, American photo-sharing app Snapchat permanently deleted President Donald Trump’s account, AFP reported.
The move comes as the company fears that Trump will use his Snapchat account to cause turmoil in the upcoming January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Snapchat first temporally suspended Trump’s account last week after the company concluded that the outgoing president promotes and spreads “hate speech, and incites violence” in violation of Snapchat rules against misinformation.
“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account,” the Snapchat spokesman said to AFP, adding that “In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account.”
The permanent Snapchat ban comes after Twitter, Shopify and several other social media platforms deleted Donald Trump’s accounts following the deadly riots in Washington DC, after 5 people were killed as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, causing widespread damage and vandalism, in a failed attempt to oppose the certification of the election results.