Facebook has banned former US president Donald Trump for two years citing “difficult circumstances” that led to his first suspension after a January 6 coup by his supporters at the US Capitol. Trump’s Facebook account will remain suspended until January 7, 2023.
Facebook had also suspended Trump’s Instagram account at the time.
“Facebook’s decision is a disgrace to the 75M record-setting people, and many others, who voted for us in the Rigged 2020 presidential election,” Trump said in a statement repeating the false allegations that the election was rigged. “They should not be allowed to escape this and shut up, and in the end, we will win. Our country will never again be abused! ”
Announcing the decision, Facebook vice president of international affairs Nick Clegg said, “Given the complexity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his action is a gross violation of our laws that deserve the maximum penalty available under the new law. Agreements. We suspended his accounts for two years, from the date they were first suspended on January 7 this year. ”
Twitter, another social media platform Trump has successfully used to expose himself and his ideas, has permanently terminated his account.
Facebook’s board of directors, which includes external legal experts nominated by the social media site, had approved the suspension of Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram but criticized the open nature of the punitive action, saying, “Facebook should not have imposed an unrestricted and general sanction”
A crowd of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to block a joint session of Congress in confirming the election of President Joe Biden. After that the vice president Mike Pence, who presided over the session, had to flee to a safe place with the legislature and return after the complex was cleared by protesters and completed the certification process.
Trump was fired for instigating a coup that made him the only president of the United States to be fired twice; the first was in 2019.
After January 2023, Facebook will ask experts to assess whether the public safety risk has decreased. “We will examine external factors, including the nature of the violence, the limits of peaceful co-existence and other signs of social violence,” said Clegg, adding, “If we see serious threats to public safety, we will extend the deadline and continue to re-evaluate.”
Blocked by Facebook and Twitter, Trump used his email to post tweet news reports, sometimes several times a day, just as he could post on social media, several times a day. But his access has been greatly reduced.