President Trump has been blocked from Facebook “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Thursday.
Facebook has been under intense pressure to ban Trump following his inflammatory rhetoric encouraging insurrection.
“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,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his personal Facebook account.
“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world,” he continued. “We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”
Trump’s account on Facebook-owned Instagram will also be blocked.