Facebook suspends Donald Trump until January 2023

Facebook on June 4 announced that former President Donald Trump’s accounts will be suspended for two years, following a finding that Trump stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Facebook said Mr Trump’s actions were “a severe violation of our rules”.

The move comes as the social media giant is also ending a policy shielding politicians from some content moderation rules.

“At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post on June 4.

Facebook also plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that automatically exempted politicians from rules that banned hate speech and abuse.

According to the company it has never applied this policy to Trump.

Mr Trump’s ban was effective from the date of the initial suspension on 7 January, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs Nick Clegg

“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,” it added.

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