US President Donald Trump has been suspended from Facebook and Instagram, after Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the risks of allowing Mr Trump to post “are simply too great”.
The decision by Facebook came a day after violence broke out in Washington DC, when right wing rioters and Trump supporters stormed and occupied the US Capitol building. The President put out several messages during and following the riot, including calling the people involved “patriots”, and saying, “We love you”.
In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Zuckerberg said the social network has removed the President’s posts “because we judged that their effect - and likely their intent - would be to provoke further violence”.
Trump allowed back onto Twitter
The President’s current suspension from Facebook comes after a temporary ban on his Twitter account was lifted, after he was locked out for 12 hours.
However, Twitter has said that it would ban Mr Trump “permanently” if he breached the platform’s rules again.
Since regaining access to his account, Mr Trump has posted a message calling for unity, and saying there will be a peaceful transition of power. The message refrains from mentioning false claims about voter fraud in the election.
A spokesperson for Twitter said: "After the Tweets were removed and the subsequent 12-hour period expired, access to @realDonaldTrump was restored.
"Any future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account."
The company had put the temporary lock on the President’s account after it required the removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.
The offending tweets have not been removed, and he is free to tweet again.
Other social platforms ban Trump
Video streaming and gaming platform, Twitch, has placed an indefinite ban on the President’s account. The channel was primarily used to broadcast his rallies.
Much like Facebook, Snapchat has blocked Mr Trump from creating new posts. The company is yet to say when, or if, he will be allowed to do so again.
Video network, YouTube, also removed the video of the President’s video, posted after the siege on Capitol Hill.