Donald Trump has been banned from using Facebook permanently by Mark Zuckerberg.
Sherry Sandberg, Facebook COO, initially announced that Trump had been banished from the site for 24 hours, writing:
I am deeply disturbed by the violence that took place today at the US Capitol. The peaceful transition of power is the cornerstone of our democracy.
Joe Biden has been elected the next President of the United States with results that were certified by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
We need to come together to focus on the critical problems our country is facing – ending the pandemic and helping our economy recover.
At Facebook, we are treating today’s violent events as an emergency. We are restricting President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for the next 24 hours, meaning he’ll lose the ability to post on both platforms.
We are also taking a number of other actions outlined in this post from our VP of Integrity Guy Rosen.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, initially confirmed that the ban on Trump’s account had been temporarily extended.
The surprising events of the last 24 hours clearly indicate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to disrupt the peaceful and legal transfer of power to Joe Biden, his elected successor.
His decision to use his platform to condone his supporters’ actions at the Capitol building rather than condemn them has understandably disturbed people in the US and around the world. Yesterday, we removed these statements because we judged that their effect—and possibly their intent—would be to cause more abuse.
Once the election results have been certified by Congress, the focus for the entire country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days following the inauguration are passed peacefully and in compliance with existing democratic standards.
We have allowed President Trump to use our platform in accordance with our own rules over the last few years, often deleting content or marking his posts when they contradict our policies.
We did this because we believe that the public has a right to access political expression, including controversial speech, as broadly as possible.
But the present context is now radically different, with our platform being used to provoke a violent uprising against a freely 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.
Following Trump’s posting on posts that incited his supporters to abuse, both Facebook and Twitter blocked Trump’s accounts briefly on Wednesday.