Mark Zuckerberg Announces That Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram Profiles Have Been Blocked “Indefinitely”
If this morning Facebook, Instagram and Twitter temporarily blocked the official profiles of Donald Trump, now Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has just made it official that the blocking of profiles on Facebook and Instagram will be indefinite and “for at least two weeks”. According to Zuckerberg, the blockade will be in effect “until the peaceful transition of powers is completed.”
The platform’s founder argues that Trump “intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and legal transition of power to his chosen successor, Joe Biden” and that “his decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemning the actions of his supporters in the Capitol building has rightly upset people in the US and around the world. ” If yesterday the platform deleted some of its publications, now it has decided to go one step further and block profiles on Instagram and Facebook indefinitely.
“The current context is fundamentally different”
In his post, Mark Zuckerberg claims that in recent years they have allowed President Trump to use the platform according to established standards, “sometimes removing content or tagging their posts when they violate our policies.” The Facebook CEO assures that they did it because they believe that the public has the right to a “widest possible access to political discourse, including controversial discourse“.
However, for Zuckerberg the context is “fundamentally different.” The reason, he continues, is that the current situation implies “the use of our platform to incite a violent insurrection against a democratically elected government “, a clear reference to the assault on the Capitol that took place yesterday in Washington DC
For Zuckerberg, allowing Trump to continue using his platforms during this transition period, which will last until at least January 20, when the transfer of powers is executed, it poses “just too great” risks. Thus, if the previous lock lasted 24 hours, now the lock becomes indefinite.
The fact that the profile is blocked does not mean that it is no longer accessible. The content of the pages is still visible, but neither Trump nor his team will have the ability to post while the lockdown is in effect. Twitter has also blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours, with the ability to permanently block it should he fail to delete three tweets. Other platforms that have taken action on the matter have been Snapchat, which has blocked Trump’s access to their accounts; and YouTube, which has removed the video of Trump addressing the protesters.