Facebook Inc. has banned President Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via his Facebook page, saying "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great."
He wrote, "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."
He added, "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."
Previously, following the Capitol Hill incident, Facebook had banned Donald Trump for 24 hours which included his posts being removed from Facebook. Trump posted a video via Facebook and Twitter telling the mob, "We love you, you’re very special."
Trump has also been banned on Twitter for 24 hours, which is just a couple of hours away to be over.
How the ban will play out in the future and how will this set a precedent in undermining freedom of speech from the general public is an outcome yet to be seen.