Former US President Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook on Friday, at least until January 2023, in a move that has been closely scrutinized for clues about how the corporation will deal with future rule-breaking world leaders.
In May, Facebook’s independent monitoring board upheld the company’s ban on Donald Trump, which was imposed in the aftermath of a riot at the Capitol on January 6 over worries that his posts were inciting violence.
Facebook is “suspending his accounts for two years, commencing from the date of the initial suspension,” given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension.
“If we find that there is still a substantial risk to public safety at the end of this period,” the statement continues, “we shall prolong the limitation for a defined amount of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”
“We understand that any penalty we impose — or choose not to impose — will be divisive. Many individuals believe it was inappropriate for a private firm like Facebook to stop an outgoing President from using its site, while others say Mr. Trump should have been banned for life right away. Many individuals on both sides of the political divide will condemn today’s decision, but our duty is to make a judgment that is as proportionate, fair, and transparent as possible.
While upholding Trump’s suspension last month, the Facebook Oversight Board challenged the ban’s open-ended character, saying that “it was not acceptable for Facebook to apply the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75 million individuals, plus many others,” Trump said in a statement on Friday, who voted for us in the 2020 Presidential Election, which was rigged. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with censorship and silence, and we’ll triumph in the end. This abuse will no longer be tolerated in our country!”
Facebook said it will consult with experts to determine when the public safety threat had passed and Trump could be reinstated on the social media network. It stated that it will consider a variety of criteria, including occurrences of viral infection.
It further stated that if Trump broke any more rules, a set of increasing sanctions would be activated, which might result in his permanent removal.