Facebook will not be reinstating President Donald Trump’s account on any of its platforms, according to Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri.
Facebook does not plan to reactivate outgoing President Donald Trump’s account on any of its platforms at the moment. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said in a statement.
On Jan. 7, Facebook imposed a ban on Trump, indefinitely restricting him from its platforms following an attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump supporters. The social media giant said the ban will not be lifted before President-elect Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20.
In an interview with The Verge’s weekly show Decoder, Mosseri said, “we’re less focused on a specific account and more focused on making sure that we do everything we can to avoid our platforms being used to coordinate violence at the inauguration,” he said in the report on Tuesday.”
“Once we get through the next week or two, then I think we can pop back up and talk about the president’s account, but we don’t have any plans right now to reinstate him,” Mosseri added. He said the decision to ban Trump was a Facebook company call, not an Instagram call, noting that he thinks that was the right thing.
“When democracy itself is attacked, that is a big deal and kind of changes the game for us. So we’re being very intense this week about pulling levers and trying to make sure that we do everything we can to reduce the likelihood of any more violence, particularly directed at undermining democracy,” Mosseri explained.
Facebook’s decision to ban Trump was part of the platform’s attempt to moderate the outgoing president’s posts. It is worth noting though that Trump and his supporters have accounts on other platforms such as Shopify, Spotify, Twitch, Snapchat, and Twitter.
There was a 73 percent drop in online misinformation regarding election fraud following the social media ban on Trump. The research conducted by the San Francisco-based analytics firm Zignal Labs found that conversations about election fraud reduced from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across multiple social media sites after Trump was banned on Twitter on Jan. 8, The Washington Post reported.
Zignal also found that the use of hashtags linked with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot also reduced considerably. Share your thoughts about Facebook’s ban on Trump in the comments section below and watch this space for the latest news.