Manchin urges Twitter to suspend Trump's account 'in the interest of our national security and public safety'

Manchin urges Twitter to suspend Trump's account 'in the interest of our national security and public safety'
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal MORE (D-W.Va.) on Friday urged Twitter to suspend President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE’s account “in the interest of our national security” after a mob of his supporters raided the U.S. Capitol this week.

“The next 12 days are critical for the preservation of our democracy. @jack, once again I urge you to suspend the @realDonaldTrump @twitter account in the interest of our national security and public safety,” Mnuchin tweeted, tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Twitter and Facebook temporarily suspended Trump’s accounts on Wednesday over posts about the mob that stormed the Capitol, which the platforms said violated their policies.

One of the posts was a one-minute video in which Trump urged the mob to go home, but also repeated unsubstantiated voter fraud claims. The second struck a similar tone but repeated his false claims about his “landslide victory.”

The posts were deleted from the Twitter account, and Trump later regained access to the account. However, Wednesday’s actions were the most drastic taken against Trump’s accounts.

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In response to Manchin’s tweet, a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill “any future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergBudowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good White House looks to cool battle with Facebook Facebook to dole out billion to creators into 2022 MORE announced Thursday that its suspension will remain at least until President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE’s inauguration.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

Snapchat also suspended Trump’s account indefinitely in the wake of the riot, and Shopify removed Trump’s official stores from its platform.