In an unprecedented move by a Social Media platform, the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the President of the United States Donald Trump have been blocked from posting indefinitely after the events of the riots inside the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Mark Zuckerberg condemned the President’s use of social media in his post in which he stated that the accounts had been suspended.
Zuckerberg went on to state: 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 ended by stating that, “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.” Donald Trump incited many of the events that took place in the United States Capitol after making baseless claims that he was the victim of voter fraud during the Presidential Elections.
Reactions to Facebook’s ban on Donald Trump’s accounts
While many supporters of Joe Biden have attacked Facebook and Twitter for not clapping down earlier on the President, the recent incidents that took place in the Capitol have forced the hand of at least one social media platform.
The ban comes after Donald Trump issued a statement where he promised a peaceful transition but also stated that he has only begun to fight, as the President continues to claim the Presidential election results are fraudulent, the claim has been disputed by every level of Government and law enforcement agencies.