Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has severely criticised outgoing US President Donald Trump following the violence by the latter’s supporters at US Capitol. The violence resulted in four deaths and left many injured in the clashes between Trump supporters and the security forces—an event that has exposed the desperate attempts by Trump to avoid a smooth transition of power.
In a post on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said the events that unfolded in the past 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
Citing the actions of President Trump, Zuckerberg said that the accounts of Trump on Facebook and Instagram will remain blocked at least for the next two weeks till Joe Biden assumes office.
Here is what Mark Zuckerberg said in the post:
“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.”
“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.”
“Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.”
“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.”
“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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