Facebook Blacklists President Donald Trump ‘Indefinitely’
The tech giant makes unprecedented move in banning leader of the free world
Social media giant Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has blacklisted President Donald Trump from its platform, including Instagram, “indefinitely.”
Zuckerberg stated that the events on Capitol Hill yesterday, coupled with the president's comments, the platform would ban Trump's access “indefinitely."
Zuckerberg stated in a Facebook post:
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.
The statement continues:
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. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.
We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. 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.
Neon Nettle had reported earlier that Twitter had suspended Trump's account and warned that it would remain locked until he complies with their demands.
Trump is accused of violating the site’s terms of service multiple times in response to the incident in Washington, D.C.
Twitter said it would restore Trump’s account soon following a 12-hour suspension.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” a post from Twitter Safety stated.
This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets.
"If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked,” the statement continued.
The catalyst for the ban appears to be a video posted by President Trump addressing protestors.
A transcript of the President’s message can be seen below:
"I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now.
"We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.
"It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this, where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us; from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election.
"But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you, you’re very special, you’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated who are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace."