‘We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover…’
(Liberty Headlines) Snapchat will join Twitter’s recent campaign to stop “promoting” President Donald Trump on social media.
The video-sharing service will no longer feature the president’s stories in the app’s “Discover” section, which showcases news and posts by celebrities and public figures.
“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” Snap said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
In the past, Snapchat has faced heated criticism for culturally insensitive filters that promoted racial stereotypes, although the app now seems to make painstaking efforts to trumpet its politically correct ‘wokeness.’
The decision, which Snap — the owner of Snapchat — says was made over the weekend, puts the Santa Monica, California-based company in Twitter’s camp after that company escalated its actions against Trump.
It is unclear whether the decision means it also will censor commentary from Democratic rivals, of which the site has plenty.
In the past it has featured anti-Trump stories from Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer’s “Pod Save America,” among other leftists in the entertainment and media industries.
In a tweet, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale assailed Snap CEO Evan Spiegel over the double-standard, which comes as a number of virtue-signaling companies seek to cash in on recent race-riots to rebrand themselves as socially aware.
Radical @Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel would rather promote extreme left riot videos & encourage users to destroy America than share positive words of unity, justice, and law & order from our President.
They do not want conservatives on their platform.https://t.co/sT99xfj5SY
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 3, 2020
The move also follows an executive order by Trump to hold biased social-media companies and other online platforms accountable for their content.
Trump invoked the Bill Clinton-era Communications Decency Act in the order, saying that those who went above and beyond their mandate to filter graphic or sexually explicit content by suppressing legitimate political speech would no longer enjoy the free-speech protections afforded content creators and instead be deemed editors, subject to stricter defamation laws.
Last week, Twitter placed fact-check warnings on two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted problems with the November elections. It demoted and placed a stronger warning on a third tweet about Minneapolis protests that read, in part, that “when the looting starts the shooting starts.”
The company drew heat, however, after its attempt to fact-check the president spread even more misleading and false information by suggesting that voter fraud was nonexistent, contrary to overwhelming evidence.
Snapchat’s action is more limited. Trump’s account will remain active on the site and visible to anyone who searches for or follows it.
Facebook, meanwhile, has let identical posts stand, although the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg face growing attacks from left-wing activists over the decision.
Snapchat has 229 million daily active users. Twitter, by comparison, has 166 million. Unlike Twitter and even Facebook, Snapchat is generally used as a private communications tool, with friends sending each other short videos and images and, to a lesser extent, following celebrities and other accounts.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press