Facebook has blocked Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “indefinitely,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.
Facebook said at the start yesterday that the move comes after Trump’s access to its services was frozen for a period of 24 hours following a pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol by rioters.
Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “Trump’s sanctions will remain in effect for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is completed.”
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump wants his elected successor, Joe Biden, to use the rest of his time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power,” Zuckerberg wrote. “The decision to applaud the use of his platform instead of condemning the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly upset the United States and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their impact – and perhaps their intent – would induce further violence. “
The Trump ban on Facebook marks a shift for Zuckerberg, who has previously taken a lens-fire stand on Trump’s most inflammatory posts and numerous lies. “I just firmly believe that what people say online should not be the arbiter of the truth for everyone on Facebook,” he told Fox News in a June 2020 interview. “We don’t think it’s right for us to do fact-checks for politicians. . “
Zuckerberg has been sharply criticized for not restricting the use of Trump’s Facebook platform, including the company’s own employees. Last June, hundreds of employees staged a virtual walkout after failing to take action against Trump’s Facebook posts that government forces in Minnesota had offered to shoot at rioting mobs in the wake of George Floyd’s police murder. Since then, Facebook has promised to take steps to enforce hate speech violations and has announced a policy of verifying the authenticity of politicians, including Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump’s account has been frozen for 12 hours after violence erupted in the country’s capital over a post praising Trump’s crowd, and the social network warned that লRealDonald Trump would be banned if the president violated his policies again. A Twitter report said it deleted three tweets that violated Trump’s account, but did not say when the president could resign.
Snapchat also locked Trump’s account indefinitely, and YouTube (along with Facebook and Twitter) reiterated their baseless election-fraud claim to remove the president’s video message to the DC public and told the rebels: “We love you, you” is very special.
Zuckerberg said in his post that “when we allow President Trump to use our platform in accordance with our own rules, they remove content or label his posts when they violate our policy. We did it because we believe that political discourse.” People have the right to even wider access to controversial speeches, but the current context now involves the use of our platform to incite violent revolts against a fundamentally different, democratically elected government.
Facebook chief concluded, “We believe the risks to allowing the president to continue using our services during this period are enormous.”