Facebook extends Trump ban indefinitely and Shopify shuts sites in wake of Capitol chaos
Major social media and e-commerce companies moved to further control outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump on their platforms Thursday after his followers stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., a day earlier.
Social media services, including Twitter, Facebook and Shapchat, immediately froze the president’s accounts temporarily on Wednesday after he repeated baseless claims about election interference.
Initial freezes on all platforms were for between 12 and 24 hours, but Facebook took the temporary ban one step further on Thursday, announcing his accounts will be frozen at least for the remainder of his term, and possibly longer.
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“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.”
Shopify moves, too
Canadian e-commerce company Shopify runs the software that logs sales on the president’s official online store, along with numerous other websites associated with his campaign.
“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a spokesperson for Shopify told CBC News.
“Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”