Facebook suspends Trump's account for 2 years, will reassess 'risk'

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In May, Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the platform's decision to suspend the former president's account in the wake of the 6 January Capitol riot.

Further, Facebook said it will also impose a "strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions" that will be triggered if the former US President breaks its rules in future, "up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts".

Following the two-year suspension, Clegg says Facebook will look to experts to determine if the risk to public safety has decreased, and will look at factors ranging from instances of violence, restrictions on the right to peacefully assemble and other "markers of civil unrest".

Last month, the Oversight Board said that Facebook was justified in suspending Trump, but that by imposing an "indefinite" suspension the company was failing to follow its own rules.

So, now all public figures have to consider the possibility of losing their Facebook microphone for two years if they do something similarly egregious as telling insurrectionists that they "love" them.

He also further clarifies changes to the company's content moderation policy when it comes to "newsworthiness," which was the reason Zuckerberg always gave for never enforcing the platforms rules with Trump. The social media giant is now mulling over what to do with the account of former President Donald Trump, which it "indefinitely" suspended January 6, leaving it in Facebook limbo with its owners unable to post. The group later said it was "encouraged" by Facebook's actions and that it was "now assessing Facebook's response to our recommendations". And Steyer called it unsafe to potentially allow Trump back on the site ahead of the 2024 presidential direction.

On Facebook, Trump's suspension has meant that his account is essentially in "Facebook jail", which is a term that users use to describe when the social network bans people from posting or accessing their accounts.

"Make no mistake, there is one goal to this ban, one: to influence an election", McEnany said on Fox News, where she now co-hosts a daytime show.

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Facebook also announced that it will no longer treat posts by political figures differently than those of ordinary users.

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And the company declined to fully implement some of the board's other recommendations, including launching a comprehensive review of whether Facebook's actions contributed to the spread of election fraud claims and post-election violence around January 6.

The decision and the policy changes could have major ramifications for how Facebook handles rule-breaking world leaders and officials on its services.

"Donald Trump and his allies used Facebook to incite an insurrection and attempted coup of the United States Government". Republicans, meanwhile, have bashed Facebook for slapping labels and imposing other less severe punishments on Trump, accusing the company of harboring an anti-conservative bias.

Trump said in a statement Friday, "Facebook's ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election".

The company later referred the decision to its oversight board. However, the board ruled it was wrong to make the ban indefinite and called for a "proportionate response".

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