Facebook pulls Trump video for fueling violence in US capital

Published January 7, 2021, 8:13 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Facebook said it pulled a video posted at the social network by US President Donald Trump for fueling violence by supporters who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A cloud of teargas used to disperse pro-Trump protesters is seen after protesters storm the grounds of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images/AFP

“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video,” Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen said in a tweet.

“We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”

YouTube has also removed a Trump video that appeared to be contributing to the mob violence by baselessly challenging the outcome of the recent presidential election, which he lost, according to media reports.