It’s safe to say that the past couple of weeks or so has been one of the most trying periods in Donald Trump’s presidency. Just when you thought the Coronavirus would be the biggest problem Trump would be facing in 2020, he goes and stirs the pot of racial tensions in the country by threatening to shoot those who are protesting.
Needless to say, the president has now lost the support of his favourite social media platform, Twitter, who has given the president free rein to say pretty much whatever he wants on the platform up till recently. While not all social media platforms share Twitter’s level of wokeness, Snapchat has finally seen the light and has stopped promoting the presidents account.
This essentially means that it will no longer feature in the app’s Discover section and people would have to either subscribe, or search his account directly to see his posts. Snapchat has come out and said that it would “not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice”. To be honest, it’s hardly surprising.
Just the other day, Trump said that “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” would have been used on protesters if they had breached the White House fence. What a guy.
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat issued a statement saying “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.” With both Twitter and Snapchat now calling out Trump, all eyes are on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
The Facebook CEO has been under pressure both internally and externally to review the company’s policy on free speech, but he still seems to be holding out, insisting that the company’s free speech principles mean the president’s posts should be left up unaltered.
What do you guys make of this? Good move by Snapchat or is Zuckerberg on to something here?