Donald Trump to remain banned from Facebook for two years, starting January 7
At that time, the social media company will reassess whether the risk to public safety of allowing Trump to return to duty has diminished.
“We will assess external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assemblies and other markers of civil unrest,” the company said in a blog post. “If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a defined period of time and continue to reassess until that risk has diminished.”
If Trump is allowed to return to the service, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Trump further breaks the company’s content moderation rules, Facebook said.
This two-year suspension will prevent Trump from using Facebook or Instagram to broadcast to his followers until after the 2022 US midterm election.
Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts following the January 6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol. The move was Facebook’s most aggressive move against Trump during his four-year tenure.
Facebook returned the ban to its supervisory board a few weeks later, saying that given the importance of the suspension, “we believe it is important that the board review it and come to an independent judgment on whether it will continue.”
Independent from Facebook Supervisory Board in May decided to maintain the company’s choice to suspend Trump’s accounts. In its decision, however, the board noted that Facebook needs to reassess how it moderates the speech of political leaders, clearly define these rules for the public, and determine the appropriate length of time for these users to be suspended.
The company said it determined that a two-year suspension was the appropriate length to allow for a safe period of time after the acts of the Jan.6 insurgency and that it was a suspension large enough to deter Trump and others to repeat violations. in the future.
In a statement released by his office, Trump criticized Facebook’s move, calling it an insult to his constituents and wrongly claiming the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censorship and silence, and ultimately we will win,” Trump said in the statement. “Our country can no longer endure this abuse!”