U.S. President Donald Trump said an unprecedented attack on freedom of speech after his accounts were blocked on a number of social networks. His video message, available on the White House Twitter account, said this.
“Attempts to censor, ‘undo’ and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and dangerous,” Trump stressed. In his view, in the current tense and difficult times, we need to try to hear each other, not silence our opponents.
On January 7, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Trump would be left without the social network for the rest of his presidential term. On January 9, Twitter indefinitely blocked his account because of the “risk of further incitement to violence. In addition, the management of the microblogging service promised to block the account of any user who gave the word to the President of the United States.
The blocking of communication channels used by Trump supporters began after the uprising they staged on January 6. They stormed the Capitol building and surrounded the Senate chamber. The Senate and House of Representatives had to suspend a session at which they were scheduled to approve the results of the electoral college vote. Five people died as a result of the protest.
Democrats accused the head of state of sedition. The House of Representatives voted to impeach him, and now the resolution will be considered by the Senate.