President Trump blocked from posting to Facebook, Instagram 'indefinitely,' at least through end of term

President Trump blocked from posting to Facebook, Instagram ‘indefinitely,’ at least through end of term

Kelly Tyko

| USA TODAY
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram locked President Trump’s social mediasThe big three social media platforms have locked President Trump’s accounts because his posts violated their policies during riots at the U.S. Capitol.USA TODAYAfter originally planning to block President Donald Trump from posting to his Facebook and Instagram account for 24 hours, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the blocks have been extended “indefinitely.””We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “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.”Facebook’s actions came too late, says the Real Oversight Board, a Facebook watchdog organization not affiliated with Facebook.”It took a literal insurrection for Facebook to do the right thing. It has now banned Donald Trump – as we called for yesterday – until the inauguration. But it is only because of its failure to take action previously that we are at this point,” the group said in a statement sent to USA TODAY and posted on Twitter.Trump’s social media accounts: President Trump deletes tweets after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram lock down accounts for ‘violations’Rioting at U.S. Capitol: Angry mob’s actions lead to widespread condemnation of Facebook, Twitter and YouTubeU.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), incoming chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also said the steps by social media platforms to address Trump’s “misuse” are too late and not enough.“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms. As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content,” Warner said in a statement. Facebook blocked Trump after Twitter froze three of his tweets about the riots at the U.S. Capitol and blocked his access.On Wednesday, Twitter said in a post on its on its Twitter Safety account that the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account would be locked, that those tweets must be removed and the account would remain locked for 12 hours.Twitter also said Wednesday that future violations of the social network’s rules – such as including inciting violence and interfering in elections – could “result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”On Thursday, Twitter confirmed in an email to USA TODAY the tweets leading to Trump’s locked account have been deleted.Facebook followed Twitter with its own more stringent response, after initially removing the president’s video, saying the company assessed a couple of policy violations, “which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.”Zuckerberg said Thursday that over the years Facebook has at times removed Trump’s content or labeled his posted when they violated policies.”We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech,” Zuckerberg wrote. “But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”Contributing: Jessica Guynn, Brett Molina, Mike Snider, USA TODAYFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko


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