Facebook Bans Trump for Two Years

Facebook said Friday that Donald Trump’s accounts with the social giant will be suspended for two years — until January 2023 — and will only be reinstated “if conditions permit.”

The company’s announcement comes after the independent Facebook Oversight Board upheld the company’s suspension of the ex-U.S. president after Trump praises people engaged in violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but required Facebook to review is decision and policies.

“We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs, wrote in a blog post.

Clegg continued, “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.”

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