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Facebook suspends President Trump "indefinitely"

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 11:21:42-05

Facebook has suspended President Trump's account "indefinitely," founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post this morning.

Zuckerberg said the President's failure to condemn what happened at the Capitol is the reason.

"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," the post states. "His 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. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect -- and likely their intent -- would be to provoke further violence."

Zuckerberg wrote that allowing the President to continue to use Facebook for the next 13 days is too risky.

"Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government," he wrote. "We believe the risks of allowing the 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."

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