Following Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, social media platforms took steps to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to continue posting on their platforms.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday that Trump has been blocked “indefinitely,” and at least until his term ends in two weeks, from using the social media platform and sister site Instagram.
“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 said. “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.”
“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,” Zuckerberg added. “But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
He ended the post by saying Trump would not be allowed on Facebook until a “peaceful transition of power is complete.”
Zuckerberg also said Trump would be blocked from using Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, until at least the end of his presidency.
Other social media platforms have also blocked the 45th president from posting.
CNN reported Twitter locked Trump out from its platform for 12 hours, and warned that it could block him permanently.
Four people died during Wednesday’s violent storming of the Capitol, including one woman identified as Ashli Babbitt who was shot and killed by a Capitol police employee. USA Today reported the 35-year-old San Diego woman was a military veteran and staunch Trump supporter. Three others died from medical emergencies during the violence.