Facebook now says that President Trump’s accounts will be locked until after the inauguration of Joe Biden.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on his personal account Wednesday morning, “the shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”
He added that the company had in the past allowed the President to continue posting controversial messages because the public had a right to access political messages, however, “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.”
The company initially locked the President’s accounts on both Facebook and Instagram temporarily, after removing a string of inflammatory and inaccurate messages. That lock has now been extended for at least the next two weeks, “until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” wrote Zuckerberg.
Twitter also flagged and then removed several posts on the President’s account Wednesday before locking his account for 12 hours.
That initial block expired at about 4 a.m. and the President has yet to post anything to his account. It is not clear whether the ban may have been extended, but there will likely be mounting pressure on the company to follow Facebook’s lead as Twitter is the President’s preferred platform.