President Trump’s social media accounts have been banned or blocked at least until Inauguration Day. After the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday turned into a riot at the Capitol, Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Google, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, TikTok and Discord.
Silencing Trump from social media platforms creates questions as to how the commander-in-chief will communicate with the public in his final 10 days in office and with a potential impeachment coming as soon as Monday. Trump had posted an average of about 30 tweets a day and even used Twitter to announce when he would make media appearances.
Trump has options but they won’t have the same reach as many of the mainstream social media sites and it’s unclear how he can effectively utilize them while president.
One platform he’s been looking at is Parler, a far-right social media platform similar to Facebook. The only problem is, Google, Apple and Amazon have removed it from their app stores because users were using it “to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.,” the Associated Press noted.