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Facebook, Instagram Block Trump From Posting for Remainder of His Term At Least

Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is blocking President Donald Trump from posting on Facebook and Instagram until at least President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said. “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.”

Social media leaders have responded to Trump’s reaction to the chaos at the United States Capitol on Wednesday by limiting or blocking the president’s use of his accounts.

Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours, warning that it would be permanently suspended if he “continued to breach the company’s civic integrity policy.” A Twitter spokesperson tells CNBC that Trump has removed the tweets Twitter deemed unacceptable and said “the 12-hour clock is on.” 

Big Tech seems to think that suppressing the President will ease frustrations, but it will do the opposite, unfortunately. Trump’s supporters are angry right now precisely because of this type of social media suppression.

Note: I want to be clear. Suppression on social media and anger do not excuse those who used violence yesterday. There is no excuse for such behavior.

To no one’s surprise, fights have now broken out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram about the decisions to block Trump’s use.

Neither Trump nor the tech leaders are likely to change their ways, so this isn’t going away. High-profile media accounts have now called for Trump to move to Parler.

After Trump leaves the White House, moving to Parler may be his only option if he wants to maintain his social media reach. Other Big Tech platforms will be more inclined to remove him.

Our hopes of the country returning to normalcy in 2021 appear, at least thus far, to be far-fetched.

Trump’s Twitter lock could be removed around 3 p.m. ET. Perhaps, he will address the suspension.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers any news story that deserves attention but focuses on media. His interests include reading Stephen King novels, avoiding traffic on the road, and pretending to solve true-crime mysteries. He still believes Cersei should've won and encourages everyone to always question the news.

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  1. If you’ve lost your free speech and are removed from our modern day city square why is violence not a reasonable solution? I don’t understand why the 1st amendment can be broken without ramifications. The average individual doesn’t have any power other than violence against such groups and especially the government. It’s not like we can even “vote” these people out.

  2. I’m so tired of hearing about Parler. At least Twitter is fun sometimes. I imagine Parler is just a Trump fanatic echo chamber. In two years it’ll be mentioned in the same breath as Mark Cuban’s failed social app Cyber Dust.

    • Not an expert and may be proved wrong, but I would wager that Parler will not go to the lengths that other platforms do to silence/censor/and cancel those that don’t say what they want to hear.
      Here is hoping for more Outkick like platforms that hold fast to the belief in our First Amendment Rights, and of course Boobs!

      • I think sites like Outkick are a better alternative to Twitter. Basically a site for mostly like minded people with similar interests. What’s the selling point for Parler? I can have Pete Hegseth’s random thoughts delivered instantly to my phone? Pass.

  3. The Zuckster and his Politifake nazis and the bearded freak Jack off of Twitter have been suppressing the truth and free speech for the past few years. What else is new? they are the drivers along with Comrade Bezos the have the evil deep state rig the election and install the dummy puppet mumbling bumbling creepy senile criminal pervert racist bribe taking China owned crazy Joe Biden. And if he starts disobeying his teleprompter, the cackling communist hooker Krapmala Giggles Harris is the next Dummy puppet on deck. Unless America gets over this twisted destructive fascination with communism, America will devolve into the next Venezuela.

  4. Censorship is never the answer but these companies seem to think they need to approve what the American people need to hear take away rule 230 no need to treat these companies favorably. People on both sides should be allowed to express their views without some dufus snowflake libby deciding if its right or not.

  5. A crowd larger than the one MLK gathered in Washington, D.C. that wanted to show support for their president, is blamed for the actions of a few dozen people. In fact some of the instigators may have come from groups wanting to discredit those who gathered. Even if that’s not the case, why does the entire crowd and by extension the 74 million people who voted for President Donald Trump get tarnished by the blame game crowd? When the most Democratic party politicians made pronouncements against the police calling them racist, killers and wanting to defund them, nobody in the media laid the deaths and injuries to hundreds of policemen around this country on their doorstep. Biden and the Democrats never said a word for 3 months while thousands of businesses and yes federal courthouses, the people’s courthouses, were set on fire with people in them and were attacked night after night as were police precincts around the nation.
    Where was the finger pointing then? This is the height of hypocrisy.

    As one who enjoys watching The Herd with Colin Cowherd, I’m astonished at the train of thought he employs when speaking about the president and what is going on in this country. This summer, without investigating the group at all, he came out and supported black lives matter very strongly. Does he support destruction of the nuclear family? Does he support Marxism? Killing cops and frying them like bacon? No he just jumped in hook line and sinker, believed the narrative of the group and then used the distorted testimony of Dontae stallworth and Nick Wrong to back up his position. To my knowledge he’s never backtracked on his statements. And now he attacks the president, again, this time saying he came into office in chaos and and is leaving in chaos. He makes absolutely no reference to how the FBI, President Obama and his cast of characters all tried to undermine him from the very beginning by setting in motion a kangaroo court in the form of the Mueller investigation. No mention of the illegal methods they employed to advance their plot. They followed it up with phony claims of sexual assault on his supreme Court nominee, an impeachment trial that had no basis in fact and ending up with an election rife with fraud and he can’t even get a fair hearing in the public arena and in the courts. How would Mr Cowherd have handled what President Trump has had to deal with? We saw how we dealt with charges of racism against him when he was attacked by prominent Dominicans for his comments about Dominican baseball players. I guess we could say his ESPN career ended in chaos. For a guy who prides himself at looking at statistics and basing decisions on facts he has done neither.

    • ‘ Does he support destruction of the nuclear family?’

      You ever hear his takes about comparing everything to divorce?

      I liked Cowherd’s takes when it came to sports for a while but jumped off that train in the last year.

  6. “We believe” says zuckerberg that tells you all you need to know “we “will decide what you get to read or see get rid of rule 230 then we can sue these bastards like the rest of media is subject to

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