Mark Zuckerberg has blocked President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely following the violence from his supporters on Capitol Hill. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” wrote Zuckerberg on Facebook.
“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 said.
He also noted that over the last several years, President Trump has been allowed to use Facebook and Instagram “consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies.”
“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.
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”
The block will remain in effect for at least the next two weeks until the transition of power is complete.