Mark Zuckerberg Permanantly Bans Donald Trump From Facebook and Instagram
Billionaire media mogul Mark Zuckerberg – who owns Facebook and Instagram – announced on Thursday that he has permanently banned President Donald Trump from posting to both social media platforms.
The suspension comes following Trump’s incitement of an armed insurrection and occupation of the United States Capitol on Wednesday.
“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 posts on Facebook and Instagram.
“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,” Zuckerberg said.
“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 continued, acknowledging the extraordinary leniency Trump has enjoyed on social media during his presidency.
“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,” wrote Zuckerberg.
“But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” the 36-year-old CEO added.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg concluded. “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.”
Trump was initially barred from using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for 12 hours for repeating his lies about non-existent voter fraud in the 2020 election.