Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a strong statement on Twitter Thursday pleading for Silicon Valley companies to permanently ban outgoing President Donald Trump from all social media platforms.
"Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior," she wrote.
Like all of you, I’ve been feeling so many emotions since yesterday. I tried to put my thoughts down here: https://t.co/9xzRvrpk7y— Michelle Obama (@Michelle Obama) 1610052569.0
Her request follows the violent protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which Trump was not quick to respond to on social media.
When he finally did respond, Twitter promptly removed Trump's video statement saying he "violated the Twitter Rules" and then locked his account on the platform for 12 hours.
Shortly after, Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement on Facebook explaining that the president would be banned from Facebook and Instagram at least through Inauguration Day on January 20.
In her letter, the former first lady expressed her sadness about the events at the Capitol writing, "I hurt for our country."
She called on the leaders of social media companies to "go even further than they already have by permanently banning this man from their platforms."
As of Friday morning, Silicon Valley has not responded to Obama's statement.