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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the company would prevent President Donald Trump from posting on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely, and at least until President-elect Joe Biden takes over the Oval Office.
“We believe that the risk that the president can continue to use our service during this time is simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “That is why we are extending the block that we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful change of power is complete.”
The suspension is Facebook’s most aggressive action to date against Trump during his four-year term. Twitter and other social media platforms have been increasingly urged to close the president’s account or take other extreme measures.
Facebook, Twitter, Snap, and Google’s YouTube took steps Wednesday to restrict Trump’s posts on their platforms after continuing to make false claims about the 2020 US presidential election results.
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would block Trump’s account for 24 hours and prevent him from posting on the service. Facebook’s Instagram has also blocked the president’s account for service.
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Twitter banned Trump’s account for 12 hours Wednesday night, warning that if he continued to violate the company’s policy on citizen integrity, it could banned him permanently. A spokesman for Twitter told CNBC on Thursday that Trump had now removed the offensive tweets, “and the 12-hour clock is running.” The lock was able to be removed around 3 p.m. ET.
Twitter declined to comment on whether it would also prevent Trump from posting to his account.
The ecommerce platform Shopify also shut down websites related to Trump on Thursday that allegedly violate internal guidelines. The Trump Organization’s official retail website, Trumpstore.com, was among the sites that went offline.
Shopify told CNBC in a statement: “Shopify does not tolerate violent acts. Based on recent events, we have found that the actions of President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which includes the promotion or endorsement of any organization, platform, or other Prohibit organizations. ” People who threaten or tolerate violence in order to advance a cause. As a result, we have closed stores associated with President Trump. “
Here is Zuckerberg’s full post posted on his personal Facebook account:
The shocking events of the past 24 hours clearly show that President Donald Trump wants to use his remaining term in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transfer of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.
His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters in the Capitol has rightly troubled people in the United States and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect – and likely their intent – is to provoke further violence.
Now that the election results have been confirmed by Congress, it must be a priority for the whole country to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after the inauguration are peaceful and in accordance with established democratic norms.
Over the past few years, we’ve allowed President Trump to use our platform according to our own rules, sometimes removing content or flagging his posts if it violates our guidelines. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the widest possible access to political and even controversial language. The current context, however, is fundamentally different and includes using our platform to instigate violent uprisings against a democratically elected government.
We believe the risk that the president will continue to use our ministry during this time is just too great. Therefore, we are extending the block that we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful change of power is complete.
– CNBC’s Salvador Rodriguez contributed to this report.