Snapchat Won't Promote Trump
Social media company Snap Inc. announced on Wednesday that it would no longer promote President Donald Trump’s Snapchat account due to his public remarks that could stir up racial violence, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Snap, which owns the social media platform Snapchat, said that it noticed Trump’s tweets about the protests about police brutality against George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In his tweets, Trump thanked the U.S. Secret Service for keeping protesters from “breaching the fence” at the White House, and said, “if they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs.”
In the announcement, the company said that they are concerned that Trump’s public comments could ignite violence, and decided to not feature his account on its Discover page, which promotes contents from celebrities and public figures.
“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” Snap’s spokeswoman said. “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society.”
Trump’s account will still remain on the app, Snap confirmed.
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale responded in a statement that Snapchat is demonstrating voter suppression. “If you’re a conservative, they do not want to hear from you, they do not want you to vote,” Parscale said.
On Sunday, Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel sent a memo to employees in support of protests against racial inequality, and promised that Snapchat would not use its Discover page to promote “divisive people.”
Twitter also took content policing on the president last month, as some of his tweets about mail-in voting were put on a fact-check label. The president reacted by issuing an executive order to take away liability protections from social media companies.
Facebook Inc., however, has chosen not to take down or limit contents on its platform. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company’s decision and said that Trump did not break the company’s rules on contents.