Read Mark Zuckerberg's Full Statement on Blocking Trump From Facebook and Instagram

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that President Donald Trump is blocked from his Facebook and Instagram accounts for the foreseeable future—and, at the very least, until the end of his presidential term.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote that Wednesday's storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters was the tipping point for the social media company. Initially, the attack on the Capitol building led to Facebook suspending Trump's account; now, because the company believes "the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Facebook is extending that suspension.

You can read Zuckerberg's full statement here:

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.

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. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect—and likely their intent—would be to provoke further violence.
Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.

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.

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.

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...

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017, in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty

On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters in Washington D.C. attacked the Capitol and forced their way into the building, temporarily halting the certification process for President-Elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over Trump in the 2020 election. After getting pressure, Trump issued a video statement on Wednesday across several platforms, including Twitter. That message still managed to anger many people, who thought the president was not strongly enough condemning the rioters' actions. In the clip, Trump asked the mob to go home and stressed the important of peace and "law and order," but he also again falsely claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from him and from his supporters.

Facebook, Twitter and more platforms were slammed for allowing Trump to promote the message. Even celebrities like Selena Gomez chimed in on social media, asking for stricter guidelines surrounding Trump's content.

On Wednesday, Twitter also took action by enacting a 12-hour lock on Trump's account. Now that several policy-breaking messages appear to have been deleted from Trump's Twitter timeline, it seems that the temporary suspension will be lifted today. Trump has yet to comment on the Facebook and Instagram block.