The Chief Executive Officer of Facebook and Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg has banned United States President,Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagam until the peaceful power transition is completed in two weeks time over protests erupted yesterday in DC when US Congress was affirming Joe Biden’s elections victory.
According to Zuckerberg 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,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.
He says over the last several years, they have allowed President Trump to use their platform consistent with their own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate their 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,” Zuckerberg says.
Yesterday, pro-trump supporters stormed US Capitol, Washington DC disrupting the affirming process of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.