Facebook has “no plans” to lift its indefinite ban on President Trump’s account, its chief operating officer said, adding that “the president is not above the policies we have.”
Speaking to Reuters columnist Gina Chon at the Reuters Next conference Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made the remarks while explaining how the company came to the decision to ban the commander-in-chief.
“We have clearly established principles that say you cannot call for violence,” Sandberg argued.
“In this moment, the risk to our democracy was too big that we felt we had to take the unprecedented step of what is an indefinite ban,” she said. “And I’m glad we did.”
Asked about the length of the ban, Facebook’s No. 2 did not provide a timeline: “Our ban is indefinite. We’ve said at least through the transition, but we have no plans to lift it.”
We’ve been very clear. There’s obviously so much happening and this is such a big step. We will definitely let people know and be very transparent about any changes to that,” she continued.
Sandberg went on to say she was in favor of the ban, arguing that it “shows the president is not above the policies we have.”
Sandberg’s comments come less than one week after members of Congress were forced to evacuate in gas masks after hundreds of Trump supporters overpowered Capitol Police and breached the building.
The chaos included an armed standoff outside the House of Representatives’ chamber and multiple deaths amid the chaos.