Facebook, Instagram to block Trump’s account for rest of his presidential term

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

MENLO PARK, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — Facebook and Instagram will extend a ban on President Donald Trump’s accounts for at least the next two weeks until the presidential transition is completed, Mark Zuckerberg said.

The Facebook CEO posted the following statement to his Facebook page:

“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.”

FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram temporarily locked Trump’s accounts on Wednesday, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the presidential election and hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Trump was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours. Facebook and Instagram initially blocked the president from posting for 24 hours.

NewsNation is reaching out to the White House for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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