With only ten days remaining until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, we are here to discuss on why you should NEVER incite violence on social media. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, just after the Democratic Party took control of the Senate, rioters supporting Donald Trump attacked and raided the United States Capitol. Trump, believe it or not, praised the riot as it went on, eventually resulting in an officer’s death and almost five dozen officers being wounded.
Most social media sites reserve the right to terminate accounts whenever their terms of services are violated. Many people have discussed on what the right policies of censorship on social media are. As we’ve mentioned before, we are saddened by what Trump’s supporters did to the capitol. We at Drillimation support and respect all local and international laws (as well as abiding by Fair Use when we create derivative works).
After all major social media platforms made their decision to terminate Trump’s megaphones, we can tell you why inciting violence online is dangerous.
We’ve seen this happen before when companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube worked the best they can to terminate accounts associated with the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during the mid-2010s. Although Trump did a phenomenal job helping the US army wipe out ISIL’s presence and defeat its leader in Syria, extremists will continue to spread their hate and calls for violence online, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The First Amendment of the US Constitution lobbies for free speech, but that American idea cannot be shared globally online. Just like the laws in most countries, almost every website has to follow a due process in order to be able to publish their content on the web. There are always user flagging systems to help notify hosting providers and even law enforcement agencies if there is material that could cause potential violence. The goal is to work out the justice system and prevent more acts of violence, including riots.
The actions that Facebook and Twitter took can’t certainly fix threats of violence online, but suspending Trump’s accounts was the right thing to do. Way to go Zuckerberg and Dorsey, you both scored another point in our society. Political violence is still an issue and the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) works actively in order to address the biggest problems.
Until then, stay safe and have a good day.