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Facebook blocks Trump at least until he's out of office

David Murphy

Facebook has extended the block it placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instgaram accounts after yesterday's violence in Washington indefinitely, and for at least the next two weeks, until Joe Biden has taken up the role of President.

In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrated 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.”

The post went on to say that Facebook had allowed Trump to use its platform consistent with its own rules, at times removing content or labelling his posts when they violated Facebook’s policies, because of its belief in free speech, but added: “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.”