The largest social media site in the world Facebook says it’s extended its ban on President Trump’s account indefinitely.
In a post this afternoon Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg says the ban will last ostensibly for the next thirteen days till after an orderly transition of power.
He says 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.
The CEO says 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.
He says 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.
Mr. Zuckerberg says over the last several years, they’ve have allowed President Trump to use their platform consistent with their own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate policies.
He says they did this because Facebook believes that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech.
However, he says the current context is now fundamentally different.
The Facebook owner says he believes the risks of allowing the President to continue to use the service during this period are simply too great.
Therefore, they are extending the block they’ve placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.