Ban on Donald Trump's Facebook, Instagram accounts extended 'indefinitely'
Washington/IBNS: Outgoing US President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts have been banned for at least two weeks after his supporters stormed into the iconic Capitol building and created chaos over his defeat in the polls.
Sharing his thoughts on the matter, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted: "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."
"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," he 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," said the social media giant's CEO.
Zuckerberg said the company believes that it would be risky to let Trump use the platform during his remaining period of time at the office.
"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," he said.
Twitter has also removed several tweets by Trump that reiterated his numerous false claims about fraud and other impropriety in the US presidential election after it was declared that he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
Even Facebook also claimed to have removed his controversial posts from time to time when they have violated the social media giant's policies.
"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 said.
"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," he added.
At least four people died on Wednesday as supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed into the iconic Capitol building and created chaos over his defeat in the polls.
More than 50 people have been detained in the course of violent protests at the US Capitol on Wednesday, claimed police.
Shortly after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers "traitors" for doing their jobs, CNN reported.
Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from his chamber.
Hours after the mob violence at the Capitol, the US Congress formally certified Joe Biden as the next President, giving a final blow to Trump.