Selena Gomez Calls Out Social Media Platforms Following Pro-Trump U.S. Capitol Breach

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Angela Weiss - Getty Images
Photo credit: Angela Weiss - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Selena Gomez took to Twitter to condemn social media platforms for allowing pro-Trump rioters to flourish online.

  • Selena urged Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google to find a solution to this issue going forward.

It has been less than 24 hours since all hell broke loose at the U.S. Capitol Building. After President Donald Trump hosted a rally to stoke post-election flames and assert baseless accusations that the presidential election results were fraudulent, MAGA supporters breached the building in an attempt to stop the electoral college vote and threaten American democracy as we know it. Understandably, people across the country are upset and shocked at the turn of events, and Selena Gomez is no exception.

On Twitter, Selena voiced her disappointment in social media platforms that allowed rioters to use their services to organize and spread false news. "Toady is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring together and allow people to build community," she wrote. "Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zukerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki - you have all failed the American people today, and I hope you're going to fix things moving forward."

FWIW, some social media outlets have started to take action after rioters stormed the Capitol building—Facebook, a hub for Trump supporters, blocked Trump's account for 24 hours. A day later, Mark Zuckerberg announced Trump will remain banned on Facebook and Instagram through at least the end of his presidency.

Twitter put a 12-hour ban on Trump's account and said if he engaged in any other platform violations it will "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."

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