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President Trump has been blocked from Facebook “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks,” the site’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced Thursday.
The block follows a bloody and deadly riot by Trump’s supporters in the US Capitol on Wednesday, and a similar but shorter ban by Twitter.
“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,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his personal Facebook account.
“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,” he continued. “We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”
Zuckerberg went on to say that, rather than risk the site becoming a platform for similar statements, Facebook and subsidiary Instagram are muzzling Trump at least until Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” he wrote. “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.”
Throughout his presidency — and particularly during the past year — Trump has jousted with social media sites, accusing them of censoring conservative voices.
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