Facebook says Trump will be blocked from its platform for at least two weeks

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Facebook Inc. plans to block President Donald Trump from its platform for at least the next two weeks, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said a day after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted election certification proceedings. Zuckerberg criticized Trump’s “decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol.” Facebook originally planned a 24-hour ban for Trump and removed several posts from the president addressing supporters after Wednesday’s events. The updated ban will apply to both Facebook and Instagram and last for “at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” Trump also received a 12-hour block from Twitter Inc. , though reportedly Trump has met the criteria to have his Twitter privileges restored. The president had to delete several tweets that violated Twitter’s terms. A Twitter spokesperson said that the company is “continuing to evaluate the situation in real time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter.” Twitter will “keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary,” the spokesperson said. Facebook shares are up 1.9% in Thursday trading, while Twitter shares are down 2%.
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