Unfriended! Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has banned President Donald Trump “indefinitely” from its platform and issued him a stern message following the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6.
"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 wrote on Facebook. "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."
The social media platform had originally locked the president’s account for 24 hours due to “two policy violations” against Trump’s page. One of the posts removed was Trump’s video addressing the riots and those who had stormed the Capitol building, wreaking havoc and attempting to thwart the certification of Biden as the next President of the U.S.
The President told his supporters, “we love you, you’re very special" and doubled down on his fabricated claims of election fraud before telling the rioters, “we have to have peace, so go home.”
Zuckerberg continued his post, saying: “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 the 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 post 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,” he added. “But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Facebook isn’t the only platform to take aim at Trump and his controversial messages. OK! previously reported that Twitter locked the President’s account for 12 hours and removed several of his posts following the riots. "As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy," Twitter Safety wrote.