Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he was banning President Donald Trump from the platform indefinitely. Zuckerberg, alluding to the US Capitol siege, said he was disturbed at the shocking events, and that they clearly demonstrated Trump’s “[intention] to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power” to president elect Joe Biden.
In the Facebook post Zuckerberg further stated: “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.”
In other news, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey froze Trump’s twitter account for 12 hours following the unrest in Washington DC. “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C.,” Twitter tweeted, “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 also threatened to permanently ban him for future violations.
It remains to be seen if the social media bans will have any effect on the president’s future use of his social media platforms.