Facebook and Instagram Block President Trump’s Account Indefinitely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 7, 2021   |   12:48PM   |   Washington, DC

One day after officials at Twitter locked President Donald Trump’s account and preventing him from posting to it for 12 hours, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbeg posted on his social media outlet that Facebook and Instagram would “indefinitely” prevent President Trump from posting there.

Yesterday, Twitter locked down the account of President Donald Trump after he called for “peace” and urged protestors who stormed the Capitol to “go home.” Twitter removed three of President Trump’s Wednesday tweets and reportedly locked his account for 12 hours. The account “will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked,” Twitter said in a statement.

Today, Facebook and Instagram followed suit. Facebook handed down a 24-hour block on the president yesterday, but then extended it indefinitely on Thursday.

“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,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement posted Thursday morning. “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.”

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Zuckerberg says Facebook has allowed Trump to use its platform consistent with its rules, but has removed content or labeled posts that violate its policy.

“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies,” Zuckerberg said. “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.”

Now that pro-abortion Joe Biden’s election has been confirmed by Congress, Zuckerberg believes, “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.”

He said allowing Trump further access during this time poses too great of a risk to that.

“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.”

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for censoring pro-life organizations, including LifeNews.com and stopping pro-life groups from raising funds.

In October, Facebook censored a LifeNews.com article about vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s prosecution of pro-life journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.

Two weeks ago, the Media Research Center reported Twitter and Facebook also censored President Donald Trump’s social media accounts and his re-election campaign accounts at least 65 times, but they did not censor Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s accounts at all.

Other recent examples of censorship include: