Facebook has slammed new restrictions on President Donald Trump’s official account following Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol. The social media platform said it will bar the president from posting anything to his page for the next 24 hours, alleging “two policy violations.”
“We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time,” the company said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Twitter had temporarily suspended Trump’s official account threatening a permanent ban. Trump had initially posted a video to Twitter and Facebook that described the election results as “fraudulent” and praised his supporters as “very special” people.
Facebook went ahead to remove the video. And it’s VP of Integrity Guy Rosen said on Twitter they had done so because “we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
Although barring President Trump from posting to his page for a whole 24 hours will mean fresh trouble for Facebook, whose officials have spent much of Trump’s presidency trying to avoid applying its rules to him.
Facebook previously announced earlier via its officials that they were “appalled by the violence at the Capitol,” and would “treat these events as an emergency.” The social media company said it “searching for and removing” a wide range of posts, including content praising the mob that attacked the Capitol, calls for protests that would break the local curfew in D.C., and “attempts to restage violence tomorrow or in the coming days.”
Currently, Facebook is working on tweaking the labels it has been applying to election-related posts. “Joe Biden has been elected President with results that were certified by all 50 states,” the new message says.
“The US has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after an election.”
Facebook also said it will begin automatic disabling comments on posts that encourage hate speech or violence in groups as a new feature.