Sandberg, speaking during the Reuters Next conference, said she was "glad" that Facebook had taken the action, which came as tech giants scrambled to crack down on Trump's baseless claims about the U.S. presidential election amid riots in Washington D.C. last week.
"Our policies are applied to everyone," Sandberg said. "We have taken down things that Don [Trump] Jr. has said. We have taken down things from other world leaders, other people in public office, and those policies apply, the policies that you can't incite violence, you can't be part of inciting violence, you can't even support people who are supporting the call for violence like these groups we've talked about... we're taking [that] down. Those policies apply to everyone, and we'll take that stuff down as soon as we can find it."
Asked about the future for both herself and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, Sandberg said both were staying.
SHERYL SANDBERG: The president put up posts we took down and then, as you said, we did go to an indefinite ban. And that is a really big step. And there are definitely people out there, as your question said, who thinks-- think this was clearly coming. You should have banned him before. Now, we had already banned QAnon, Proud Boys, Stop the Steal, anything that was trying to organize a violent protest. But there are people who feel you should have banned the president years before. And there are people who are sitting here today feel, wow, taking down the voice of a president is too far even now.
So why do we do it? We have clearly established principles that say you cannot call for violence. In this moment, we took down those posts that we thought might be calling for violence or calling for violence immediately. But 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. And I'm glad we did.
- Will we see President Trump permanently banned the way that Twitter has moved? And how soon can we expect a decision on that?
SHERYL SANDBERG: Our ban's indefinite. We've said at least through the transition, but we have no plans to let-- we have no plans to lift it. Our policies are applied to everyone. We have taken down things that Don Junior has said. We have taken down things from other world leaders, other people in public office. And those policies apply. So the policy that you can't incite violence, you can't be part of inciting violence, you can't even support people who are supporting the call for violence, like these groups we've talked about we've taken down, those policies apply to everyone, and we'll take that stuff down as soon as we can find it.
- That includes members of Congress and other public figures.
SHERYL SANDBERG: Everyone. I mean, this shows that even a president is not above the policies we have.