Trump to be blocked from posting on Facebook, Instagram
Updated 00:35, 08-Jan-2021
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump. /Getty Images

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump. /Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be able to post anything on Facebook and Instagram, at least for the remainder of his term in office, the chief executive of the social networking site Mark Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg on Thursday said the action was taken because Trump clearly demonstrated he intended "to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his successor."

"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," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on the social media platform.

"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.”

Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook had in the past removed content or labeled Trump's posts when they violated its policies due to the belief that "the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech.”

He, however, pointed out that the current situation was "fundamentally different" and the risks of allowing Trump to continue using the platform were "simply too great".

Earlier on Thursday, Trump was suspended from Twitter after tweeting to supporters who went on to attack the U.S. Capitol during a congressional debate over Biden's election win.

The U.S. Congress later certified Biden's victory in the presidential election, hours after the violent disruption which resulted in the deaths of four people.

(With input from agencies)

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