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Facebook is banning Trump indefinitely

"We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page 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."


The context for Facebook's change of heart is fairly clear, but it's nonetheless a big move for the company that has spent so much of the last four years justifying the idea that President Trump could do almost whatever he wanted on the platform, simply by virtue of the fact that he was the president. For Zuckerberg, the move seemed to come out of a recognition of Trump's true intentions: "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden," he wrote. Facebook has long condoned Trump's "controversial speech," but recent events have clearly crossed an internal line.

Facebook critics said this was too little too late, and that Trump's intentions on Facebook and elsewhere have been clear long before Wednesday's riots. And Facebook's now in a tricky position, given that it seems unlikely that if and when Trump comes back on the platform, he'll operate differently than he has in the past.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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