The president sought to ‘undermine the peaceful transition of power’, Mark Zuckerberg said (Picture: Getty)
Donald Trump has been blocked from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely, Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
In a statement, the Facebook founder said that the risks of allowing the President to continue to use the website service during the transition period are ‘simply too great’.
Four people died in riots at the Capitol yesterday while Joe Biden was officially confirmed as the next president, including a woman shot dead by police as a mob tried to break through a barricaded door.
Donald Trump is due to step down on January 20, but has repeatedly and baselessly claimed that the election was ‘stolen’ and that he won by a landslide.
In the aftermath of the chaos, he tweeted and posted on Facebook a video telling those present to go home but ‘We love you’, and reiterating his false claim that the election had been fraudulent.
Mr Zuckerberg said: ‘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.’
Twitter also took action against Trump, removing three of his tweets and saying he would be barred from posting for 12 hours.
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