Facebook suspension of Trump to last 2 years

Facebook To End Special Treatment For Politicians After Trump Ban: Report

The move is a departure from its previous hands-off approach to leaders like former President Trump.

Facebook Inc on Friday suspended former U.S. President Donald Trump until at least January 2023 and announced changes to how it will treat world leaders who break the company's rules on postings on its site.

Facebook has revisited Donald Trump's "indefinite" suspension following a recommendation from the Oversight Board.

Now, Facebook says it will have a new set of "heightened penalties for public figures during times of civil unrest and ongoing violence". Trump has received the maximum penalty under those rules, "given the gravity of the circumstances" leading to his suspension. That suspension will last at least two years from the date of the initial block and would only be lifted if the risk to public safety has receded, Facebook said.

We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest.

While Trump earned roughly 74 million votes in 2020, Biden received approximately 81 million. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win.

"Make no mistake, there is one objective to this ban, one: to influence an election", McEnany said on Fox News, where she now co-hosts a daytime show. "It will be all business!"

Battle over truth and speech: Liberal groups for years have hammered Facebook for failing to enforce its policies against Trump, including throughout the 2020 presidential campaign as he spread false claims of mass voter fraud.

Facebook's oversight board said in a statement Friday that it is reviewing the company's latest action and "will offer further comment once this review is complete".

Facebook said it will reexamine Trump's suspension when this two-year period comes to a close.


The company's decision raises more questions than it answers, according to the group, whose name is a mocking reference to the panel of outside legal and human rights experts the company convened to review its most hard content decisions.

The social network has largely exempted politicians from its policies on what speech is allowed on its platform, with Zuckerberg arguing that political speech is already highly scrutinized.

Now, Facebook is overhauling a key part of its approach and will no longer consider politicians' posts "newsworthy" by default.

"We know that any penalty we apply - or choose not to apply - will be controversial". Facebook says it will publish a post when makes allowances for newsworthy posts.

However, Facebook is not eliminating the exemption entirely. Facebook said it was enacting the request "in part" by continuing to cooperate with law enforcement inquiries related to January 6 and regularly reviewing their policies.

The move is in response to recommendations from the company's quasi-independent oversight board, which last month upheld a decision by Facebook to keep former President Donald Trump indefinitely suspended but said the company must decide what to do with his accounts within 6 months.

The board's criticisms of Facebook were scathing. As a result, the company did not apply its regular rules to their posts. It said the company should do a better job of explaining the policy and when it's applied to "influential users", including politicians.

Facebook is not required to follow any of the board's policy guidance - unlike the board's directive on Trump's account, which the company said it will regard as mandatory. Facebook is also publishing new details about its "strike system" and "newsworthiness" policies in response to Oversight Boards recommendations.

The restriction may be extended if Facebook still feels that Trump poses a serious risk to public safety.

According to the platform's new enforcement protocols, the two-year suspension is the highest penalty that it can impose under the revised regulations. Facebook said it was implementing 15 of the 19 board recommendations.

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