Trump’s Facebook, Instagram accounts suspended for two years


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(ABC4) – Former President Donald Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram will remain suspended for two years.

One month ago, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the platform’s decision to restrict Trump’s access to his account, as well as his Instagram account.

While upholding the decision, the board stated: “However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension. Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account.”

Facebook has announced Trump’s posts made on January 6 during the U.S. Capitol riot. Of those, it says two “severely violated Facebook’s Community Standards and Instagram’s Community Guidelines.”

“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 under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,” Facebook says.

Below is the protocol Facebook is following:

Heightened Penalties for Public Figures

At the end of those two years, Facebook says they “will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.” This includes an evaluation of external factors, like instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and “other markers of civil unrest.”

“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.”

When the restrictions lift, Facebook explains there will be a “strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future.”

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