Ejes Gist Nigeria reports, that Facebook on Friday imposed a two-year ban on former US President Donald Trump, claiming that he deserved the harshest punishment for violating platform rules following a deadly attack on the US Capitol by his followers.
The two-year ban will take effect on January 7, the day Trump was kicked from Facebook, and comes after Facebook’s independent monitoring board recommended that the indefinite ban be revisited.
In a post, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg wrote, “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we think his conduct constituted a grave violation of our rules and warranted the harshest penalty allowed under the new enforcement methods.
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According to AFP, Facebook has also stated that politicians would no longer be granted blanket immunity for false or abusive information on the social media platform just because their opinions are newsworthy.
According to Clegg, when Trump’s two-year ban expires, Facebook will employ experts to determine if his conduct on the social network still poses a threat to public safety.
“If we conclude that there is still a severe risk to public safety,” Clegg added, “we will prolong the restriction for a specific amount of time and continue to re-evaluate until the risk has passed.”
According to Clegg, once Trump’s suspension is removed, he would face harsh punishment that could quickly lead to permanent expulsion from the social media platform for breaking the rules.
“We recognise that many people on opposing sides of the political divide will reject today’s decision,” Clegg stated.
“However, our responsibility is to make a conclusion that is proportionate, fair, and transparent, in accordance with the Oversight Board’s instructions.”
Last month, an independent monitoring group concluded that while Facebook was correct in removing Trump because of his statements about the deadly January 6 massacre at the US Capitol, the platform should not have imposed a “indefinite and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”
Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram after making a video in which he told his enraged supporters, “We love you, you’re very unique,” after an attack by his angry fans protesting his election defeat.
Another lawsuit is expected to be filed against Trump in response to the attack on the Capitol.
Donald Trump is the president of the United States of America
The commission handed Facebook six months to explain why his suspension should be permanent, leaving the ball in the hands of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and highlighting flaws in the platform’s self-regulation scheme.
When it comes to what people say, Zuckerberg has stated that private firms should not be the arbiters of reality.