After the social media platform suspended President Donal Trump’s account, Facebook advises staff to avoid wearing company-branded clothing while out in public for their own safety.
“In light of recent events, and to err on the side of caution, global security is encouraging everyone to avoid wearing or carrying Facebook-branded items at this time,” an internal memo sent Monday said. Facebook’s security team posted the memo in an internal workplace board that can be accessed by more than 56,600 employees.
After the US Capitol rage, which was fueled by Trump’s claims of election fraud, Facebook has banned Trump for two weeks and has since then removed all post referencing and falsely claiming that the Democrats stole the election.
“We love you; you’re very special.”
On the day and during the wrecking siege at the US Capitol, Trump posted a video on platforms Facebook and Twitter, telling his supporters to “go home” but didn’t reprimand their actions. “We love you; you’re very special,” he said. Later, both platforms have removed the video.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has decided to block Trump “indefinitely” because “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”
Zuckerberg further clarified that Trump would be ban “for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” Joe Biden, the President-elect, will take office on January 20.
Facebook isn’t the only social media platform to suspend Trump’s account after the US Capitol siege. Twitter banned Trump too, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” a day after Facebook did.
After the two platforms, Snapchat has also locked Trump’s account, a Snap spokesperson told Insider on Thursday.
San Francisco police prepared for an anticipated pro-Trump protest outside Twitter’s headquarters on Monday. Only two people showed up.