President Trump ‘indefinitely’ banned by Facebook

Mr Trump’s account was suspended by the social media platform on Wednesday in the heat of the violence that rocked the Capitol, Washington DC.
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Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesMandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks about law and order from the South Portico of the White House in Washington on Oc. 10, 2020. Trump spoke

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has explained the rationale behind the indefinite suspension of the Facebook account of U.S President, Donald Trump.

Mr Trump’s account was suspended by the social media platform on Wednesday in the heat of the violence that rocked the Capitol, Washington DC.

Pro-Trump supporters had besieged the Capitol Building on Wednesday in order to prevent the Congress from certifying the electoral victory of Joe Biden in the November 2020 presidential election.

The ensuing violence following the invasion led to the death of four persons with several others injured including police personnel.

Mr Zuckerberg in a message posted on his verified Facebook page on Thursday said the platform took the decision to suspend Mr Trump’s account because he was using his page to encourage his supporters to commit violence.

“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, he said

Mr Zuckerberg further said Mr Trump’s 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, saying 

we removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”