Facebook: We Have 'No Plans' to Lift Ban on President Donald Trump
Social media giant says 'not even a president is above the policies we have'
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told NBC News that the social media platform has “no plans” to lift its ban on President Donald Trump.
“[We have] no plans to lift it right now,” Sandberg said.
“At least through the transition, we’ve been very clear,” she added.
“There’s obviously so much happening, and this is such a big step."
"We will definitely let people know and be very transparent about any changes to that.”
Sandberg said that the move shows “that not even a president is above the policies we have.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg locked President Trump out of his accounts “indefinitely” following the Capitol Hill riots.
Big Tech is now accusing Trump of using words to “incite violence,” calling it a threat to “democracy."
The move is also being used to snuff out competition under the guise of concern for the public’s safety.
“So why did we do it? We have clearly established principles that say you cannot call for violence,” said Sandberg of Trump’s ban.
“In this moment, we took down those posts that we thought maybe calling for violence or were calling for violence, immediately.
“But in this moment, the risk to our democracy is too big that we felt we had to take the unprecedented step of what is an indefinite ban, and I’m glad we did,” she added.
Facebook also began banning posting that dared to question the election results by blacklisting phrases that make suggestions or allegations of voter fraud.
The tech giant announced it would ban content mentioning “Stop the Steal.”
Facebook announced it would remove “Stop the Steal” content from Facebook and Instagram on Monday.
"We are now removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” Facebook said in a blog post."
"We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year,” the company added.
"But our planning took on new urgency after last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., and we are treating the next two weeks as a major civic event."