Trump Twitter ban ‘raises regulation questions’ – Hancock

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Bans imposed by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Donald Trump's accounts raise a "big question" about how social media is regulated, Matt Hancock says.

The companies acted after supporters of the US president stormed Washington DC's Capitol building on Wednesday.

The health secretary said the bans showed they were now "taking editorial decisions".

Campaigners want social media to be treated as "publishers", rather than "platforms", meaning more regulation.

But opponents of the idea argue that it could allow governments to limit debate.

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Mr Trump faces an impeachment charge, with Democrats accusing the Republican president of encouraging the Washington riots, in which five people died.

Twitter permanently suspended his @realDonaldTrump account on Saturday, citing the "risk of further incitement of violence".

But Mr Trump called this an attack on free speech and suggested he would look at "building out our own platform in the future".

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