Facebook confirmed on Friday that the suspension of Donald Trump’s account on the website, which began on January 7, will last for two years.
“Given the seriousness of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we think his conduct constituted a grave breach of our rules that warranted the harshest punishment allowed under the new enforcement methods,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs.
In a statement, the former president slammed the decision.
“Facebook’s decision is an insult to the record-breaking 75 million people who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election, as well as many others,” Trump stated in a statement. “They should not be permitted to get away with their censorship and silence, and we will eventually triumph. This abuse will no longer be tolerated in our country!”
After the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, Trump was suspended from Facebook due to worries that his remarks were encouraging violence. “The dangers of permitting the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too substantial,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in a post at the time.
The Facebook Oversight Board determined in early May that Trump would stay banned, but that “imposing the indefinite and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension” was “not acceptable.”
Trump branded the verdict “a tremendous shame and a shame to our country” when it was issued in May.
After the two-year term is up, Trump’s account will not be immediately resurrected. Instead, Facebook will “turn to experts to determine whether the risk to public safety has faded,” according to the company.
This will involve assessing “instances of violence, prohibitions on peaceful assembly, and other signs of civil upheaval,” and the suspension will be prolonged if the business still considers the account to be a concern. Clegg also indicated that if Trump’s accounts are reactivated, any infractions will result in “rapidly rising punishments.”