Facebook Suspends Trump’s Account For Two Years

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Facebook Suspends Trump’s Account For Two Years

On Friday, Facebook Inc suspended former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account until at least January 2023, along with announcing the change in policies to deal with world leaders who break the rules.

A day after the brutal Capitol Hill Riot on Jan 6, the social media giant had suspended Trump’s account, stating the former president had incited violence. As per the rules, the suspension will last for two years from the date of the initial block, and the account will only be reinstated if the risk to public safety has decreased, Facebook said on Friday.

On the other hand, Trump criticized this decision, citing it as censorship and an attempt to insult his voters.

As per this new timeline, Donald Trump will not be able to use the popular social media platform ahead of the November 2022 congressional elections. However, he might get access to his account well before the next presidential election in late 2024.

Twitter has permanently banned Trump, and Alphabet’s YouTube has also suspended his account after the riot. In contrast, Trump has teased plans to start his own social media ventures.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s Head of Global Affairs, said in his posts, “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.”

Facebook also said it would discuss with the experts and determine when restoring Trump’s account won’t put people at risk. The company will decide based on factors including violent incidents, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other parameters of civil unrest.

SOURCE – REUTERS

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