California, United States – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook has stated President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook for atleast two weeks, possibly indefinitely, after Trump used the site, Twitter and Yotube to spew misinformation which led to rioters breaking into the Capitol building.
Trump will now be locked out form his account till the transition- on the 20th of January is completed. With Zuckerberg writing that Facebook believes the risks of allowing the President to continue to use their service during this period is 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.” Wrote Zuckerberg.
Facebook’s suspension marked the most aggressive penalty that any social media company has meted out to Trump over his four-year term, a period in which he has repeatedly peddled falsehoods, attacked critics and spread divisive rhetoric online.
Trump’s favored platform, Twitter, who has continued to flagged almost all of his tweet’s since elections, had also suspended the president for 12 hours. Twitter stated that the removal of three tweets were required for Trump to be unbanned as these were “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.
The company added that the president’s account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed. “Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.
The tech giants each took the uncommon aggressive steps after a violent mob stormed the House and Senate yesterday, forcing the two chambers of congress into recess and briefly interrupting their formal process to certify Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.