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Snapchat officially announced that stopped promoting President Donald Trump’s account.
The decision follows President saying that “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” would have been used on protesters if they had breached the White House fence. Snapchat’s decision follows Twitter’s decision to hide some of the president’s posts.
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As a result, President’s post and comments will no longer feature in the app’s Discover section. The firm said it would “not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice… Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America.”
According to the Bloomberg news agency, President Trump has more than one million followers on Snapchat, . It said the app is seen as being a “key battleground” by Mr Trumpf;s re-election campaign because it offers a way to reach first-time voters.
The president’s account will not be suspended or deleted.
However, the fact it will not feature in Discover means that his posts will only be seen by people who subscribe to or search for his account directly.
On Monday, Snap’s chief executive Evan Speigel had sent a memo to staff in which he detailed his views on the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd. At the memo Mr Speigel wrote:
“Every minute we are silent in the face of evil and wrongdoing we are acting in support of evildoers,”
“As for Snapchat, we simply cannot promote accounts in America that are linked to people who incite racial violence, whether they do so on or off our platform. Our Discover content platform is a curated platform, where we decide what we promote,”
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By Alex Ammohostianos