CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, have banned President Donald Trump from both platforms “indefinitely.”
The announcement comes after Trump-supporting protesters stormed the U.S Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from confirming the 2020 presidential election results.
In a Thursday Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote, “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden. His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence. Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.”
Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook has been rather “lenient” with Trump in regards to what he posts on the social media platform.
“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech,” Zuckerberg said. “But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
Zuckerberg said that the “risks” of allowing Trump to post on social media right now are “simply too great.”
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said in his post. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”