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Snapchat censors Trump's content and removes it from 'Discover' section

On Wednesday, social media giant Snapchat announced that it will no longer feature content from President Trump in its Discover section.

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On Wednesday, social media giant Snapchat announced that it will no longer feature content from President Trump in its Discover section, according to NBC News.

In a similar decision to Twitter, the company said in a statement that it did not want to "amplify voices who incite racial violence."

Typically, the Discover section of Snapchat features brands, celebrities, news organizations and some politicians.

Trump's content will remain available on the platform and he can be followed by anyone at any time, in order to receive updates. The platform's change will only remove his content from the Discover section.

"We are not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover platform," wrote the company in a statement.

"We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. 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."

The move falls in line with Twitter, who recently started applying fact-checking labels to selected tweets of the US President.

The decision was made to do so after the company felt one of Trump's tweets "glorified violence" prompting the company to release a statement saying, "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible."

The tweet was had the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," which was a reference to a quote from Walter Headley, a Miami Police Chief in 1967. The tweet was later reposted on the White House's official Twitter page and again Twitter applied the same label.

On the other hand, Facebook has yet to take any actions regarding regulating political of "hateful" content, which led to some Facebook employees staging a virtual walkout on Monday.

The same tweets that were deemed to be "glorifying violence" on Twitter remain on Facebook to be seen and shared with no internal interference. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues to uphold his platform's dedication to free speech.

Trump's most recent posts to Snapchat feature statements from his Rose Garden speech where he, "strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets."

It also features news coverage of the speech as well as photos of Trump standing in front of St. John's Episcopal Church hold a bible.

Prior to the Rose Garden speech, peaceful protestors in the area were physically removed. There were initial reports that they had been tear-gassed, but that later turned out to be false.

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