Facebook Blocks Trump’s Account Until End of His Term
January 8, 2021 11:39 am
The recent rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. has turned into a storm of the capitol itself by Trump supporters following a speech in which the president stated “we will never concede.” Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced the end of Trump’s reign on the platform.
In his post, Zuckerberg noted that Trump had used Facebook constantly for campaigning, often searching into disinformation and conspiracy theories, especially since the November election.
“The current context is now fundamentally different, involving the use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
The speech that led the mob’s charge on the congressional chambers yesterday saw Trump taking potshots and claiming that Big Tech companies “rigged an election.” Trump also identified the media as “the single biggest problem we have, as far as I’m concerned.”
However, Trump has often depended on Big Tech platforms like Facebook and, most notably, Twitter to avoid media outlets, which are common with what he would identify as censorship — but what is actually the basic journalistic process of fact-checking. Twitter yesterday took down several of Trump’s tweets as violence in Washington escalated and ultimately locked his account, but only for 12 hours. Despite that lock ending several hours ago, his timeline remains inactive.