Facebook To Block Trump Until Transition

January 7, 2021 | 12 Comments

Facebook and Instagram will block U.S. President Donald Trump on their platforms “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

This follows the attempted coup yesterday at the U.S. Capitol, when a pro-Trump mob invaded the building in an attempt to stop the certification of votes for President-elect Joe Biden, with the shocking scenes watched by many in Bermuda and around the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “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.

“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 labeling 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.”

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  1. Toodle-oo says:

    lol , there’s a lot of people here on the island who should be blocked for all the hateful , inciteful fake news they post .
    And they’re the first ones to criticize the POTUS !

    • LOL says:

      POOOTO is finished. We have a people’s President and a first female black vice President. He his gone like the ubpOBA!

  2. Sy says:

    This is nothing new,they have been blocking people since last year. This is very low of them to do this to Potus. Forcing him to leave his post is really disgusting. This is just beginning wait until the blackout happens in the states. Peoples right to post is being taken from them by the tech giants. No more freedom of speech. What are they afraid of, is the question there is more going on then meets the eye. We shall see come January 20th.

    • saud says:

      ” Peoples right to post”

      You’re as stupid as they are…you have no RIGHT to post on a private platform.

    • sandgrownan says:

      I don’t think you understand the first amendment. I doubt you’ve even read it.

  3. D-Gen Or Ate says:

    good ol facism. block, censor a sitting president. But its justified cuz ya just dont like him, eh?

    • saud says:

      There’s nothing stopping him from starting his own social media platform.
      You freedom fighters don’t seem to know anything about freedom.

    • sandgrownan says:

      He has (had) a press secretary, he can hold press conferences, be interviewed. He’s not being censored.

      What he did was break the terms of service of a private entity. The real tragedy is that he should have been banned sooner.

      Go read the first amendment.

  4. sage says:

    Diaper Donnie and his cultists all upset he can’t spread lies and rally the treasonous racists, boo hoo hoo…

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