Facebook on Friday upheld its suspension of former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years before it will reassess, citing his “praise for people who engaged in violence” during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,” Facebook announced.
“At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.”
The Facebook’s oversight board had previously criticized the open-ended nature of Facebook’s suspension of the outgoing president as an “indeterminate and standardless penalty.” Facebook took the board’s recommendations into account and determined that at the end of the two-year suspension it would look to “instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest” to determine if Trump’s accounts were still a threat to public safety. It said Trump would be subject to severe sanctions if he further violated Facebook’s rules.
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