Facebook extends ban on Trump's use of Facebook account through inauguration

Posted at 8:14 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 11:14:27-05

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will bar President Donald Trump from posting on its system at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

In a post Thursday morning, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," following his incitement of a mob that later touched off a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg says Trump’s account will be locked “for at least the next two weeks” but could remain locked indefinitely. Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday also temporarily locked President Donald Trump’s accounts after he repeatedly posted false accusations about the integrity of the election.