Zuckerberg bans Trump from Facebook, Instagram till end of tenure
The United States President, Donald Trump has been banned from the social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook till the end o his tenure, which is on January 20, 2021.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made this announcement via a post on Facebook on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Zuckerberg's post was in reaction to violence and invasion of the U.S Capitol in Washington D.C on Wednesday, January 6, 2020, by Trump's supporters in a bid to stop the U.S Congress from certifying the election won by Joe Biden.
Zuckerberg said Trump had been using Facebook and Instagram to make all sorts of comments but will be stopped now as it is clear that he is using the platforms to instigate violence.
Zuckerberg's statement read in part:
"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.
"Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labelling 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 the use of our platform to incite violence insurrection against a democratically elected government.
"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 placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete".