Facebook has banned former US President Donald Trump for two years, citing the fact that ‘politicians and public figures would no longer be free from some of its regulations.’
On Friday, the world’s largest social media firm made a statement stating that Donald Trump will be re-elected in 2023 only if the threat to public safety has passed. “Trump deserved the ultimate punishment for breaking platform rules over a fatal attack by his supporters on the US Capitol,” said Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg.
‘We are suspending his accounts for two years, commencing from the date of the original suspension on January 7 this year,’ the statement continued.
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In the meanwhile, Trump has reacted to the ban. After receiving the newest Facebook notification, he remarked, “The decision by Facebook was an affront to the record-setting 75 million people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election.”
After Trump released a videotape amid an onslaught by his enraged fans disputing his election defeat, the social media giants stopped his account, saying, “We love you, you’re extremely unique.”
The Republican leader’s two-year suspension means he might return to social media before the 2024 presidential race. He previously stated that he is strongly contemplating running for president again in 2024.
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Earlier, Facebook’s decision to ban Trump for his statements on the tragic rioting at the US Capitol was deemed “appropriate” by an independent review body.
Facebook, like other social networking services, has come under fire for not applying its content guidelines equally to prominent personalities from all political parties, cultures, and nations.
White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki, on the other hand, said that internet companies had a responsibility to combat disinformation, and she doubted that Trump would use Facebook differently if his account is reinstated. ‘It seems pretty unlikely that the zebra’s stripes will change in the next two years,’ she added.