Former President Donald Trump has been suspended from Facebook for at least two years (Picture: Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump has been suspended from Facebook for two years after he praised people who participated in the deadly January 6 Capitol Riot.
The social media giant in a company blog post on Friday said that its suspension of Trump’s account would last at least two years, disclosing a time frame for the first time since banning the ex-president in January.
‘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,’ wrote Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs.
‘We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.’
At the end of the two-year suspension, Facebook said it would consult with experts to decide ‘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,’ Clegg wrote. ‘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.’
The post continues that ‘when the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr Trump commits further violations in future’. Those sanctions include permanent removal of his accounts and pages.
Facebook’s announcement comes two days after the ex-president permanently shut down his blog ‘From the Desk of Donald J Trump’, just 29 days after launching it. The blog with Trump’s statements allowed visitors to click a button and share them on Facebook and Twitter, both which have banned him.
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