Facebook CEO and Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the social media giant made the decision to ban Donald Trump indefinitely after the President used the site to help organize a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote. “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.”
Twitter took a less aggressive step on Wednesday after CEO Jack Dorsey announced the President would be banned for 12 hours and forced him to delete three inflammatory tweets. The ban elapsed early Thursday morning. However, Trump has yet to tweet out anything.
The tech companies each took the rare steps to censor damaging material sent out by Trump and people in his administration. For months, the President has repeatedly pushed falsehoods, attacked his critics and created dangerous rhetoric promoting violence across his social media accounts. Facebook and Twitter have faced criticism for not taking action sooner.
According to the Washington Post, “The threat for further violence — and Trump’s history in using social media to spread misinformation — prompted a wide array of critics including the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League to call on Silicon Valley to suspend the president outright in the final days of his first and only term.”
No word is Twitter will reconsider the ban in the final days of the Trump Presidency. According to Twitter’s terms of service, the President’s account can be deleted if he violates the rules again.