Therefore, the block on both his Facebook and Instagram accounts have been extended “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” “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,” Zuckerberg said.
“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. “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 added.
In the wake of the shocking and utterly despicable riot that occurred at the Capitol building yesterday, both Instagram and Facebook decided to indefinitely ban Trump from their platforms. The decision comes after Trump helped stoke the flames of revolt with his incendiary rhetoric and his refusal to condemn the behavior of rioters who clashed with police.
The overarching goal of the ban, more so than being punitive for past behavior, is to prevent Trump from galvanizing his base while simultaneously spreading a range of unfounded and discredited conspiracy theories. 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. 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.
Incidentally, Trump was temporarily locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours yesterday after posting a pair of tweets that were flagged for inciting violence. Twitter has suspended DonaldTrump's account for 12 hours and for the first time deleted his tweets after he praised the mob who stormed Congress and said he 'loved' them.
One of the deleted tweets read: 'These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Facebook also barred its employees from discussing the Capitol Hill rioting on internal message boards, where tech company workers were demanding the president be permanently banned from the site.
Andy Stone, another Facebook spokesman, earlier told CNN Business: 'The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace.' Far shad Shad loo, YouTube spokesperson, said in an email to Insider: 'We removed a video posted this afternoon to DonaldTrump's channel that violated our policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S.
'We do allow copies of this video if uploaded with additional context and sufficient educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (ESA) value.' 'We can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump's Snapchat account,' she said in a statement.
He will not be able to share new content until Snap decides to lift the restriction, she said, noting that his account was locked on Wednesday before he posted the video about the 'stolen' election. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have previously labeled content posted by the president with warnings over the last year, in particular his claims about election fraud and COVID-19.
Throughout the 2020 presidential election, the platforms placed labels on dozens of Trump's tweets that made false or misleading claims about voter fraud. Amid the violence, Facebook employees were surprised to see that the company froze at least three chat threads on the internal Workplace messaging network, according to BuzzFeed News.
Some employees at the Menlo Park, California-based social network expressed anger at Trump for the violence and discussed the next steps that the company needs to take, including removal of his account. ‘ Donald Trump has directly incited a terror attack on Capitol Hill,’ one Facebook employee wrote in a chat that was later frozen.
The internal discontent at Facebook reflects wider outrage at the tech giant as well as its competitors who are being urged to impose a total ban on Trump. During the Trump presidency, Facebook employees have complained about what they perceived as CEO Mark Zuckerberg's hands-off approach.
In June, employees were outraged over Zuckerberg's refusal to remove a post in which the president spoke of 'looting and shooting' during the protesting that erupted in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ‘Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.
In response, Trump signed an executive order which threatens to remove legal protections that prevent social media companies from being sued over content posted by third parties. Several Facebook employees resigned in protest over the decision not to remove the 'looting and shooting' post, and internal emails showed that most voted in a poll to demand that the company no longer allow unfettered free speech on its platform.
During the hyper-partisan Trump era, Facebook has come under fire from both liberals, who blame the social network for helping the president win election in 2016, and conservatives. Liberals argue that Facebook allows the spread of disinformation that foments unrest and violence while conservatives have accused the platform of censoring their views.
One woman died on Wednesday when a mob of angry Trump supporters breached the Capitol and entered the House and Senate chambers. Police from neighboring Montgomery County, Maryland were also rushed to the Capitol vicinity, CNN reported.
On Wednesday, after a day which saw Donald Trump use Twitter to seemingly encourage violent extremists storming the U.S. Capitol building, the company temporarily locked Trump's Twitter account and laid out the conditions under which it would permanently suspend the President. “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter wrote in a tweet explaining its plan.
The three tweets in question included a wild video in which Trump falsely claimed the election “was stolen.” Confirming the 12-hour lock did begin after the Tweets were deleted, but we've nothing more specific to share on timing,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
Adam Mosses, head of Instagram, tweeted about its ban about 20 minutes after Facebook's initial announcement with no additional information. Trump was also unceremoniously shoved off Snapchat Wednesday, Snap spokeswoman Rachel Acumen telling The Information this was done before the president shared his dangerously false video to other social media platforms.
“Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.” Same goes for Facebook, which has only recently started slightly pushing back against Trump's policy violations.