Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook and Instagram will be blocking Donald Trump from using their platforms indefinitely, following the president’s incitement of a mob of his supporters storming the Capitol Building on Wednesday.
The news follows Facebook’s decision to remove a video message posted by Trump during the Capitol infiltration in which he continued to promote his false claims of election fraud and told supporters, “We love you. You’re very special.”
“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,” Zuckerberg wrote in a statement. “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 U.S. 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.”
BREAKING: Zuckerberg says Facebook and Instagram are blocking President Trump from using their services indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/JHxZvmjqiu
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Zuckerberg continued, “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 tech mogul also justified Facebook’s decision to allow Trump to remain on the platform throughout the majority of his presidency, and why the company chose to remove him after the events on Wednesday: “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.”
He concluded, “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.”