To stop Trump from further damage, Facebook, Instagram block his accounts, indefinitely


After blocking his accounts on Facebook and Instagram for 12 hours yesterday, the two social media platforms have extended, indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks, blocking of accounts of the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, until the peaceful transition of power in the country is complete.

This was according to a statement put out by the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who also owns Instagram.

It would be recalled that Twitter, another social media platform that the US president heavily rely on to get out his message, had also blocked him for 12 hours, thus living him tweeting from his account of one of his aides. 

Below are reasons Zuckerberg gave for the latest development:

"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. 

"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 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.

"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."

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