The outgoing United States President Donald Trump has been “indefinitely” banned from Facebook and is temporarily banned from tweeting to his over 88 million followers after a night of violence in Washington D.C.
Social media giants Twitter, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram announced they were suspending US President Donald Trump’s accounts on Wednesday in an unprecedented move.
The bans came as pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in Washington D.C.The riot interrupted a joint congressional session to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump posted a video on Twitter and Facebook more than two hours after protesters entered the Capitol and as authorities struggled to take control of the situation.
Trump opened his video saying, “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now.”
He repeated claims of voter fraud in the video. He also appealed to his supporters, saying “We don’t want anybody hurt,” adding: “We can’t play into the hands of these people.”
Directly addressing his supporters in the video, he said: “We love you, you’re very special.”
Republican lawmakers and previous administration officials had reportedly begged Trump to call on his supporters to quell the violence.
Reacting to this, Facebook said it was “indefinitely” banning Trump’s accounts, including on Instagram, according to a post by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“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 the use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” Zuckerberg wrote.