Facebook has extended former President Donald Trump’s suspension for two years, and says it will only reinstate him “if the risk to public safety has receded.”
The decision comes after Facebook’s Oversight Board told the company it was wrong to impose an indefinite ban on Trump after the Jan. 6 2020 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Facebook says it is setting new rules “to be applied in exceptional cases such as this.” Trump has received the maximum penalty under those rules.
His Facebook and Instagram accounts will be suspended until at least Jan. 7, 2023.
“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” the company said in a blog post. “If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”
If Trump is allowed back on the service, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Trump further violates the company’s content moderation rules, Facebook said.
This two-year suspension will prevent Trump from using Facebook or Instagram to broadcast to his followers until after the 2022 U.S. mid-term elections.
A spokesman for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.
Join the world government movement if you believe the world leaders should unite and work together to create a paradise on Earth.