Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Instagram “indefinitely” following the violence in Washington, DC.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the president had used the platforms to “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government”.
As such, he would be removed from the site “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete”, Zuckerberg said. He gave no indication of how Facebook would decide whether Trump is allowed back on the site.
The decision was taken because Facebook believes “the risk of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great”, Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had already been frozen for a day in response to posts in which he appeared to praise the rioters, including a video in which he said “we love you” and said those involved were “very special”.
The Trump Facebook account – which has almost 33 million followers – remains public, but the president will no longer be allowed to post to it. The same is true of the official Instagram account, which has almost 25 million followers.