Now that Trump has effectively been locked out from social media following yesterday's decision by Twitter to suspend the president's account for 12 hours while threatening a permanent suspension if Trump violates the company's terms of service, a suspension which was then promptly followed by Facebook and Instagram, moments ago Mark Zuckerberg, who had no problem with generating copious traffic and ad revenue on the back of controversial Trump tweets for the past 4 years, announced in a blog post that "the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great" and as a result "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."
Addressing the unexpected decision to delete several of Trump announcements yesterday, Zuck said that he "removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect -- and likely their intent -- would be to provoke further violence."
What about the accusations from various corners that it was Facebook's hypocrisy and "lack of censorship" that enabled yesterday's events? Here Zuck has a prepared response too:
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.