Mark Zuckerberg has made the decision to have Donald Trump blocked from Facebook and Instagram in order to enable a ‘peaceful and lawful transition’ of power to Joe Biden.
Donald Trump has just days remaining of being President of the United States of America and to make it a ‘peaceful and lawful transition’, social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg has had Trump blocked from both Facebook and Instagram.
This decision has come after there have been a large number of pro-Trump supporters storming the US Capitol Building, with the aim of stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
A woman from San Diego, California, who has been named as Abil Babbitt, was shot and killed during the riots.
Addressing the chaos, Zuckerberg stated: “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.”
He continued: “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. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect – and likely their intent – would be to provoke further violence.
“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.
“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labelling his posts when they violate our policies.
“We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But 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.”
On January 6, Trump urged his supporters who had stormed the Capitol building to go home. Yet he added that he understood their “pain” and loves them.
A video was posted to the President’s Twitter account in which he says: “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.”
He finished with: “We have to have peace, so go home. We love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens, you’ve seen the way that others are treated that are so bad and so evil.
“I know how you feel, but go home, and go home in peace.”