- Facebook seems to be in no mood to lift the ban on US President Donald Trump.
- Sandberg has said that the president is not above the policies that Facebook has.
- The social media giant had banned Trump indefinitely for encouraging rioters
Facebook seems to be in no mood to lift the ban on US President Donald Trump. Confirming the same, COO Sheryl Sandberg has said that the president is not above the policies that Facebook has. The social media giant had banned Trump indefinitely for encouraging rioters who had marched into the US Capitol building when US Congress was certifying Joe Biden as the next US President.
In the Reuters Next conference, Sandberg said that she was happy that Facebook banned Donald Trump's Facebook account.
"In this moment, the risk to our democracy was too big that we felt we had to take the unprecedented step of what is an indefinite ban, and I'm glad we did,' Sheryl Sandberg said during Reuters conference.
'Are bans indefinite? We've said at least through the transition, but we have no plans to lift it. Even a president is not above the policies we have," she added.
Facebook had initially imposed a 24-hour ban on Donald Trump but following his encouraging videos for the rioters, Mark Zuckerberg decided to extend the ban. Zuckerberg in a long Facebook post explained that it would be a risk to let Trump remain on the social media site.
"The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.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," Zuckerberg said in a statement.
"We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. 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 added.
Not just Facebook, Trump was also banned by Twitter temporarily. However, Trump posted a video soon after the ban was lifted and called the attack on the US Capitol building "heinous". "The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. My focus now turns to ensure a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power," Trump said.