After President Trump incited a riot in Washington D.C. yesterday, that resulted in a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol and four deaths, he has been banned from social media platforms.
Co-founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, just announced the news, saying the lame duck President will be banned from both Facebook and Instagram for the next two weeks.
Here is his full statement:
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. 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.
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bMAdvertisement
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
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