Facebook (full board) – Get report said Friday that Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be suspended for two years following the former president’s praise of rioters during the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill.
Trump will be banned from social media sites for two years from the date of the initial suspension on January 7.
Shares of Facebook rose 1.3% to $ 330.23 on Friday.
“Given the seriousness of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a serious violation of our rules that merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs. , in a statement.
Last month, Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld Trump’s initial ban on the company, but also ruled that it was inappropriate for Facebook to impose an “indefinite” suspension in the case.
On January 6, a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to reverse Trump’s defeat in the presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress that had convened to count electoral votes to formalize victory. by Joe Biden.
Several people, including Capitol police officers, were killed during or after the attack.
At the end of the suspension, Clegg said Facebook will seek experts “to assess whether the risk to public safety has decreased.”
“We will assess external factors, including cases of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other indicators of civil unrest,” he said. “If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a specified period of time and continue to reassess until that risk has decreased.”
Clegg said that when the suspension is finally lifted, “there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will kick in if Trump commits more violations in the future, up to and including the permanent deletion of his pages and accounts.”
Facebook said it was grateful that the Oversight Board “recognized that our original decision to suspend Mr. Trump was correct and necessary, in the exceptional circumstances at the time,” he said.
“But we absolutely accepted that we did not have adequate application protocols to respond to such unusual events,” added Clegg.
The Capitol uprising led to Trump’s second impeachment trial after a majority of members of the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for “incitement to insurrection.” The United States Senate voted to acquit Trump.
In January, TheStreet founder Jim Cramer said he had been urging Facebook to suspend Trump.
Last week, the Senate voted 54-35 on a procedural motion on legislation that would have created a commission to investigate the January 6 attack, short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill.
Facebook also said it was ending its policy protecting politicians from some content moderation rules because its content is considered “newsworthy.” The company will also disclose when it uses this exemption.
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