US President Trump Set To Sanction All Mainstream Media Organisation Ahead of Peaceful Transition

According to Sheryl, “Our ban is indefinite. We have said at least through the transition. But we have no plans to lift it,” Facebook’s chief operating officer said at an online forum organized by Reuters.

Facebook, a social network last week suspended President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the aftermath the violent invasion of the US Capitol by a mob of both Biden and his supporters, which disrupted the certification of the Presidential election which both Trump and Joe Biden claims victory.

In the aftermath of the Capitol Hill disruption, Twitter went a step further on Friday by deleting Trump’s account, depriving him of his favourite megaphone as many call it.

Other media services like Snapchat and Twitch, also slammed Trump with suspension.

“Our policies are applied to everyone,” Sandberg said, noting that the platform has removed posts by the president’s son and “other world leaders.”

“This shows that even a president is not above the policies we have.”

In announcing the suspension last week, Facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg announced that President  Trump has used the platform to incite violence and was worried that he may continue to do so.

Zuckerberg had in October warned about the potential for social unrest after the election.

Sandberg also admitted that the platform faced some hiccups in the 2016 presidential election, failing to do enough against manipulative campaigns orchestrated from Russia, but she said Facebook had learned from its errors.

FACEBOOK STOPPING ‘STOP THE STEAL,’ TOO

Facebook said Monday that it is taking similar precautions leading up to the inauguration of Biden as president on Jan. 20, using the same teams to battle misinformation and content that could incite violence.

Content containing the phrase “stop the steal” will be removed from Facebook and Instagram, according to executives Monika Bickert and Guy Rosen.

A group by that name was removed from the social network late last year, Facebook said.

“We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue,” Bickert and Rosen said in a post.

“But, with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the U.S. presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration.”

Facebook is also keeping in place a pause on all ads in the U.S. about politics or elections, meaning no ads from politicians including Trump, according to Bickert and Rosen.

Asked about criticism the social media titans exert outsized power, Sandberg said she was in favour of more regulation and said she hoped to work with the Biden administration, which will take office on January 20.

“We are a private company and we have a service we provide and it is our responsibility to make sure that service is not used for things it shouldn’t be used for, like what happened last Wednesday,” she said.

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