We have 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.
– Facebook press room (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
The move comes after Twitter temporarily suspended Trump and threatened a permanent ban. The president previously posted a video on both platforms that called the election results “fraudulent” and praised his supporters as “very special” people.
Facebook previously deleted the video, with the company’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen saying they did so because “we believe it helps rather than reduce the risk of continued violence.” But preventing Trump from being able to post on his page for a full day is yet another escalation for Facebook, whose officials have spent much of Trump’s presidency trying to avoid applying its rules to him.
In one previous statementFacebook officials said they were “appalled by the violence on Capitol Hill” and “treating these events as an emergency.” The company said it was “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 Washington and “Attempts to revive violence tomorrow or in the next few days. . “
Facebook also said it plans to change the labels it applied to election-related posts. “Joe Biden was elected president with results that have been certified by all 50 states,” the new message reads. “The United States has laws, procedures and institutions established to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after an election.” The company also announced new restrictions on certain activities of its group functionality, including automatically disabling comments on posts that encourage hate speech or violence.