Donald Trump banned "indefinitely" from Facebook

Jan 7 2021, 9:35 am

President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Instagram “indefinitely” because of the risk he poses to incite violence.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement to his account on Thursday that Trump’s accounts would be blocked “indefinitely,” and at least for the remainder of his presidential term.

“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.

“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 that Trump had been using his Facebook to “incite violent insurrection” against the government, and that the president’s decision to condone the violent actions of his supporters had “disturbed” people around the world.

The risks of allowing Trump continued access to his accounts is “too great,” the Facebook founder wrote.

The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 7, 2021

On Thursday, a violent group of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC, as lawmakers counted votes to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Trump reportedly encouraged supporters to go to Washington prior to the count.

Following several tweets where Trump appeared to sympathize with his supporters, Twitter locked his account for 12 hours.

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