Selena Gomez yet again calls out social media platforms for their role in the riots that took place in the U.S. Capitol building. The Congress was in the middle of the proceedings of certifying the electoral college vote counts for President-elect Joe Biden.
She shared a message on social media as she explained why she feels that the platforms and their execs contributed to the behavior that led to the insurrection. The Rare singer shared how today was the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use social media platforms.
Selena said the platforms are supposed to bring people together and allow people to build community. She tagged Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, and Susan Wojcicki. The singer claimed they have failed the American people today as she hoped for a fix moving forward.
The Rare Beauty founder had tagged the executives in her caption. This came hours after thousands of people took to the Capitol as they stormed barricades and confronted the police. These riots were after Donald Trump addressed his supporters as he falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
He told the crowd that he was the winner even after no evidence being there to support his claims. After the disgraceful riots, social media platforms locked Trump out of his accounts in response to posts deeming to be a violation of their content restrictions. Trump addressed the riots in a video posted by him where he asked his supporters to go back home.
Riots In The U.S. Capitol By Trump Supporters
He also made additional claims of election fraud and alleged that the 2020 election had been stolen. Twitter locked Trump out for 12 hours after he posted the video as they urged him to remove his tweets or risk being suspended from the platform.
The social media platform also wrote that further violations made by Trump would “result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account. As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C.; we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter wrote. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
After the warning, Trump’s tweets from the day before have been removed. Facebook and YouTube, on their end, removed Trump’s video to diminish “the risk of ongoing violence.”
Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Integrity stated that the situation is of utmost emergency; and they are taking appropriate emergency measures. He stated that they have removed President Trump’s video. The VP of Integrity further explained that they removed it because on balance, they believe it contributes to the risk of ongoing violence.
A number of people had headed to the Capitol building while lawmakers including Vice President Mike Pence. They were gathered inside to count the Electoral college votes which certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Rioters turned violent as they made their way inside the chamber.
They are said to have broken windows, occupying senators’ offices as one woman was shot and died as per CBS News. The National Guard was called to protect the Capitol and D.C. was put under curfew. Congress reconvened for the Electoral vote count by 8 p.m. ET.