Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the outgoing US president Donald Trump will be temporarily blocked from accessing his social media account on its platforms, Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile, other social media platforms had already suspended Trump’s account because of his information about an unfair election recently promoting violence on the mindset of his supporters which advertently resulted in a riot in Washington.
Since Trump lost the November election to president-elect Joe Biden, he has stretched the limits of his power on many occasions. Before the escalation of the uprising at Washington, Trump shared a post that went viral in less than five minutes that resulted in the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. He then shared a video in which he declared the previous election fraudulent while he encouraged his supporters to constitute nuisance.
Facebook chief executive said in a post he shared on his company’s website – he noted that the suspension placed on the outgoing president might end up being effective longer than 24 hours. Mark Zuckerberg also noted the event at Washington and says he “intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and the lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”
It is official that the suspension of Trump access to incite mobs via the internet is until further notice, and Zuckerberg’s opinion was shared across the entire Facebook internal message board.
Zuckerberg said “We believe the risks of allowing the outgoing US 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.”
The staff members employed under the social media company are quite satisfied with Zuckerberg’s decision to curb the nuisances instigated by the outgoing president. “I am not always proud to work at Facebook, but today I am,” a Facebook employee noted how exceptionally audacious the social media company had been for taking such bold decision.
Other high profiled personality like the Senator Mark Warner representing Virginia who has always been a critic to the social media platform, acknowledges Facebook’s move – he noted that it would have been just if the outgoing president account has been restricted earlier even though it was a nice move.
“These isolated actions are both too late and not nearly enough. These platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far-right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content,” Mark Warner told The Guardian.
Other social media platforms like Twitter and Google’s YouTube were also responsive in tackling Trumps and his mob of protesters. Facebook and YouTube were the first to delete Trumps video from their social platform whereby YouTube also placed the outgoing US president on an indefinite ban from accessing either of these social accounts. He is now back on Twitter though
YouTube said that the Trump’s suspension was based on the false information he kept sharing which is against the policy that curbs the spread ok fake news – “We apply our policies and penalties consistently, regardless of who uploads it.”