Facebook and Instagram are banning President Donald Trump from their platforms beginning Thursday.
“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,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote.
BREAKING: Zuckerberg says Facebook and Instagram are blocking President Trump from using their services indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/JHxZvmjqiu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2021
Zuckerberg announced the decision on his own Facebook page, citing Wednesday’s tumultuous, destructive events at the Capitol as one of the main reasons for the ban.
“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,” he wrote.