Facebook suspends Donald Trump’s account for 2 years
Facebook Inc has suspended former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years. He was barred indefinitely from both sites in January in the wake of posts he made on the US Capitol riots, but last month Facebook’s Oversight Board criticised the open-ended penalty. Facebook said Mr Trump’s actions were “a severe violation of our rules”. Mr Trump said the move was “an insult” to the millions who voted for him in last year’s presidential election.
This new timeline denies Trump a major social media megaphone ahead of the November 2022 national midterm elections, when his party will be competing for Congressional seats. However, it means he may be able to return to Facebook well before the next presidential election in late 2024.
Trump has been permanently banned by Twitter and remains suspended by Alphabet’s YouTube after the riot. The former president, who this week shut down his recently-launched blog, has teased plans to launch his own platform but his team has given little detail.
Social media giant Facebook, announced new enforcement protocols that will be applied to “exceptional cases” like former US President Donald Trump. The company’s announcement comes in response to a directive by its Oversight Board, which criticized Facebook for what it thought was an “inappropriate” ban on Trump. Further, Facebook said it will also impose a “strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions” that will be triggered if the former US President breaks its rules in future, “up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts”. The move also establishes the two-year ban as a measure Facebook will take for severe violations of its policies in future. The company said it considered the period to be “significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future”.
The social media giant also conceded that it did not have enforcement protocols to adequately respond to the kind of violations that Trump is accused of. “Now that we have them, we hope and expect they will only be applicable in the rarest circumstances,” the company said. The company will now have one month, six months, one year and two years suspensions for public figures who violate its rules.