Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years



Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years

By Cecilia Ologunagba
Facebook suspended former US President Donald Trump from the Facebook and Instagram platforms for two years effective January 7.

Facebook, in a statement by Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs, cited a “serious breach” after the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6 and that Trump ’s accounts would only be restored if conditions permitted.

“Last month, the Supervisory Board confirmed Facebook’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts following his praise of those engaged in violence on Capitol Hill on January 6.

“But in doing so, the board criticized the indefinite nature of the suspension, stating that it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indefinite and standard sentence of indefinite suspension.”

“The board asked us to review the decision and respond in a clear and proportionate manner, and made a number of recommendations on how to improve our policies and processes,” he said. he declares.

“Today we are announcing new application protocols to be applied in exceptional cases like this, and we are confirming the time-limited sanction in accordance with those protocols that we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts.”

Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions were a serious violation of our rules which deserve the highest sanction available under the new enforcement protocols, Facebook said.

“We suspend his accounts for two years, from the date of the initial suspension, January 7 of this year.

“At the end of this period, we will turn to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has diminished.

“We will assess external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assemblies and other markers of civil unrest.”

Facebook said that if the Supervisory Board determines that there is still a serious risk to public safety, Facebook will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to reassess until that risk disappears.

When the suspension is finally lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Trump commits further violations in the future, up to and including the permanent removal of his pages and accounts, he said. -he adds.

“In establishing the two-year penalty for serious violations, we felt that it should be long enough to allow for a period of safety after the incitement, significant enough to deter Mr. Trump and others from committing acts of incitement. such violations serious in the future, and proportionate to the seriousness of the violation itself.

“We are grateful that the Supervisory Board recognized that our initial decision to suspend Trump was just and necessary, under the exceptional circumstances of the time.

“But we absolutely accept that we did not have adequate application protocols in place to respond to such unusual events. Now that we have them, we hope and hope that they will only be applicable in the rarest of circumstances. ” (NOPE)


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