Facebook Suspends Donald Trump Until January 2023

Facebook is extending former President Donald Trump’s suspension from its platform until 2023, Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced in a blog post on Friday.

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Trump was banned from the social media site after he encouraged, lauded, and praised the insurrectionists who laid siege to the United States Capitol on January 6th while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 election.

The Oversight Board “instructed us to review the decision and respond in a way that is clear and proportionate, and made a number of recommendations on how to improve our policies and processes,” Clegg wrote.

“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. 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,” Clegg said. “We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”

Clegg added that once Trump is permitted to begin posting again, he will be subject to a “strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions” if he “commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.”

Clegg explained that a two-year hiatus is “long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, to be significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, and to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself,” adding that “we absolutely accept that we did not have enforcement protocols in place adequate to respond to such unusual events. Now that we have them, we hope and expect they will only be applicable in the rarest circumstances.”

Almost immediately following Clegg’s bulletin, the Oversight Board wrote on Twitter that it “is reviewing Facebook’s response to the Board’s decision in the case involving former US President Donald Trump and will offer further comment once this review is complete.”

Trump responded to Facebook’s news in a statement on Friday afternoon, per Andrew Solender of Forbes.

“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!” Trump carped.

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