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Donald Trump has been suspended from his Facebook account for at least two weeks - and possibly indefinitely.

It means the president will be unable to post on Facebook and Instagram until after the transition of power to Joe Biden on 20 January. 

The social network had originally imposed a 24-hour ban after his supporters attacked the US Capitol.

Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg wrote that the risks of allowing Mr Trump to post "are simply too great".

In a video posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Mr Trump told the rioters attacking the seat of government "I love you" before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud. 

The largest social networks each took action against the president's accounts in the wake of the violence.

Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook had removed the president's posts "because we judged that their effect - and likely their intent - would be to provoke further violence".

He said it was clear Mr Trump intended to undermine the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

"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," he wrote.

 

Twitter ban

Mr Trump's favoured platform, Twitter, had also suspended the president for 12 hours.

It said it required the removal of three tweets for "severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy".

The company said the president's account would remain locked for good if the tweets were not removed. 

It went on to say that "Future violations of the Twitter Rules... will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account".

The 12-hour timer on Mr Trump's account has expired, but he has not yet tweeted again.

But his account now states that three of his tweets are "no longer available because [they] violated" its rules.

The platform only uses this specific notice in cases when account holders have deleted the post themselves.

This indicates that Mr Trump or one of his associates has taken the action demanded to get the account restored.

When asked whether it had extended its original 12-hour block, a spokeswoman for Twitter said: "We're continuing to evaluate the situation in real-time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary."

Dan Scavino, White House director of social media, has used his own account to publish a statement on the President's behalf.

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," it quoted Mr Trump as saying.

"I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"(BBC)

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  • Ranaweera Friday, 08 January 2021 10:20 AM

    Trump is getting isolated now. He is a white supremist.

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 08 January 2021 10:55 AM

    And I thought that only Rhinos' have thick skins but this mans' appear to be thicker.

    Kanthaka Friday, 08 January 2021 11:09 AM

    Now if Facebook blocks were imposed in Sri Lanka; human rights, UN, EU etc would be there to criticise!

    Selvakumar Friday, 08 January 2021 01:18 PM

    Mr.Thumb if you're lose the White house, but you're support people's no point to fighting !!!

    Selvakumar Friday, 08 January 2021 01:18 PM

    Mr.Thumb if you're lose the White house, but you're support people's no point to fighting !!!

    AB Friday, 08 January 2021 04:37 PM

    From the beginning to end Trump has proved, he is a shameless man and racist to the core,5 valuable lives lost , bcz of this worthless person

    Mohamed Ali Friday, 08 January 2021 07:06 PM

    Twitter hasn't blocked DT. FB has done this for their marketing advantage, plus shows how much interest Facebook shows in politics.

    Jehan Friday, 08 January 2021 07:18 PM

    77 million Americans have been told to shut up by Facebook, by banning Trump, freedom of speech has gone out of the window with ccp Biden in power.


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