Facebook, Instagram Block Trump’s Accounts From Posting Until ‘Peaceful Transition Of Power’ | MSNBC
Social networks blocked the accounts of the president after the riots in Washington
President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be blocked at least until inauguration day, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday..
We believe it is too risky to allow the president to use our services during this period, Zuckerberg wrote on his homepage. Therefore, we are extending the blocking of his Facebook and Instagram accounts for an indefinite period of at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transfer of power is completed..
US President Donald Trump (archived photo)
Two social media platforms blocked Trump’s accounts on Wednesday in response to his speech to supporters who then invaded the Capitol building. They also removed several presidential posts, including a video in which he expressed his admiration for the rioters..
YouTube has also removed this video for violating its content policy..
Zuckerberg said Trump’s attitude towards rioters rightly worried people in the US and around the world..
In previous years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform in accordance with our policies, sometimes removing content or flagging his posts if they violate our policies, he wrote. We did this because we believe that the public has the right to the widest possible access to political speeches, even controversial ones. But the current context is fundamentally different: our platform is being used to incite rebellion against a democratically elected government..
Twitter on Wednesday restricted access to Trump’s account, demanding that he remove several posts. The company has also threatened to remove it from the platform entirely, although it has repeatedly turned down calls to do so. We believe that the risk of damage has become higher and more serious, a representative of the social network explained on Wednesday.