Social media sites Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have suspended the account of US President Donald Trump.
Trump, who lost US presidential election last November, has permanently suspended from Twitter but indefinitely suspended from the other aforementioned social media sites.
Twitter said the decision was made “after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account”.
In the meantime, Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg wrote that the risks of allowing Trump to post “are simply too great”.
He said it was clear Trump intended to undermine the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
“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,” he wrote.
Joe Biden is expected to officially take office on 20 January.
The Facebook ban means that President Trump is also unable to use Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook.
Just last week, President Trump incited supporters attacked the US Capitol, where final votes were being counted to confirm Joe Biden’s recent election victory. He has been complaining for weeks that the recent national election was rigged in favour of Biden.
After the violent riots, Snapchat and e-commerce site Shopify also suspended the President’s accounts.
The US Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden victory early Thursday morning, hours after the angry mob disrupted proceedings.
One woman was fatally shot by police and three people died of what is perceived to be medical emergencies during the riot yesterday.
In the meantime, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said it is deeply saddened and concerned at the unprecedented scenes that unfolded at the Capitol Building yesterday.
“The storming of the US Congress was a gross affront to democracy and the rule of law in a country which has been viewed as a leading light of representative governance the world over,” CARICOM chairman and Trinidadian Prime Minister Keith Rowley said in a statement.
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