The CEO of Facebook accuses the president of seeking to disrupt a peaceful power transfer
Donald Trump will be suspended indefinitely and at least until the end of his term from Facebook and Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg said, as a consequence of his support for the rioters who invaded the U.S. Wednesday at the Capitol.
As a consequence of two statements he posted on the website in which he appeared to praise the behavior of the rioters, the U.S. president was initially removed from the social network for 24 hours.
Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook on Thursday that the suspension would last longer. The shocking events of the last 24 hours show clearly that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to sabotage the peaceful and rightful transfer of power to his chosen successor, Joe Biden,”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 chosen successor, Joe Biden,”
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue using our service during this time are simply too great. That’s why we’re extending the block we placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks, until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
As Zuckerberg’s message was posted on Facebook’s internal wall, news of the indefinite suspension ignited joy within the organization.
Most praised the decision in employee feedback – a view shared externally. Jake Blakeley, an employee at Oculus, the VR division of the company, wrote, “I’m not always proud to work at Facebook, but today I am,” “That was a strong decision.” And Mary Minno Ioannidis, a former Facebook employee now working at Google, said, “This is an incredibly bold move by the company.”
Some challenged the timing privately, however, noting that it came a day after Democrats took control of the Senate, after Congress certified Biden’s electoral votes, and after Trump’s deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, vowed a “orderly transition of power.”
A Virginia Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, backed the move but said it was far too late. “These isolated actions are both too late and not nearly enough. These platforms have served as the central organizing infrastructure for violent, far-right groups and militia movements for several years – helping them recruit, organize, coordinate, and in many cases (especially in relation to YouTube) make profits from their violent, extremist content.”These isolated actions are both too late and not nearly enough. For several years, these platforms have served as the central organizing infrastructure for violent, far-right groups and militia movements – helping them recruit, organize, coordinate, and in many instances (especially in relation to YouTube) make profits from their violent, extreme, extreme movements
There was also some unexpected resistance to the ban, with Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, tweeting that the President of the United States had “officially silenced Facebook.” For better or worse, this would be remembered as a turning point in the fight for digital speech control.
The development came after Twitter’s 12-hour suspension by Trump ended at 7 a.m. Washington Time. Trump did not return to the social network immediately.
Scavino had shared on his behalf a brief statement committing to a “orderly transition” a few hours earlier – even as he emphasized that he “absolutely disagreed” with the result of the election.
Many derided the initial suspensions, the first the president faced in his four years in office, as not significant enough for the harm done by Trump’s tweets, which seemed to help and promote the far-right mob that stormed the construction of the U.S. Capitol.
Eric Naing, public relations officer for the American civil rights organization Muslim Advocates, said, “Facebook, Twitter and YouTube need to shut down the social media accounts of Donald Trump.” “After today’s mob violence in the U.S.” Capitol, it is clear that the social media pages of the president are the most influential organizing instrument for violent white nationalists in the country. Social media firms have done little or nothing for years, while President Trump used their sites to promote abuse, spread hatred, and endanger the lives of people, all in direct defiance of corporate policies.
“Facebook and Twitter spread the lies and hatred of Trump and helped radicalize the extremists who attacked the Capitol,” comedian Sacha Baron Cohen repeated the calls, tweeting.
Suspending Trump is NOT ENOUGH for a few hours! “He added the #BanTrumpSaveDemocracy hashtag