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Facebook Bans President Trump From Posting For The Rest Of His Presidency

Facebook Bans President Trump From Posting For The Rest Of His Presidency

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that President Donald Trump is blocked from his Facebook and Instagram accounts for the foreseeable future - and, at the very least, until the end of his presidential term.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote that Wednesday's storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters was the tipping point for the social media company. Initially, the attack on the Capitol building led to Facebook suspending Trump's account; now, because the company believes "the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Facebook is extending that suspension.

You can read Zuckerberg's full statement here:

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”
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