President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries is not likely to affect free flowing internet and may actually have the opposite effect, according to experts who warned that it could lead to the closure of a number of US-based social media services and potentially other services, including Facebook.
The executive order, which also suspended travel from six other countries, is due to go into effect on Friday.
Facebook and Twitter have both issued statements saying they will stay blocked.
In a statement, Facebook said it was “deeply disappointed” with the Trump administration’s “ignorance, incompetence, and disregard for basic fairness and security.”
“We are committed to continuing to work closely with the government of the United States to ensure we can continue to build a more open and welcoming society, and we will continue to work with the White House to ensure that any future travel restrictions are reasonable, necessary, and consistent with our mission,” the company said.
The decision to suspend travel from countries that have banned refugees and others from entering the US comes as Trump is considering a new executive order that could expand the scope of the travel ban to include refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The president has also indicated that he would consider a ban on transgender people serving in the military, saying he does not believe the military should have to accept those who may have gender dysphoria.
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.