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Facebook Defends Decision to Suspend Trump for Two Years

Facebook suspends Trump for TWO YEARS: Zuckerberg's Supreme Court criticizes his indefinite ban and opens the door for him to return BEFORE a 2024 run Trump impeachment1 - GettyImages_1174671356

Facebook announced on Friday that former President Donald Trump‘s account has been suspended for at least two years

The company made the official decision after concluding that Trump [allegedly] stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan.6 insurrection. Facebook noted that it will only be reinstated “if conditions permit,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post.

Clegg defended the company’s decision during a Sunday interview with ABC News. 

“I don’t think anybody wants a private company like FaceBook to be vetting everything that people say on social media for its precise accuracy and then booting people off the platform if what they say is inaccurate,” Clegg said, as reported by TheWrap

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“So the bright red line there is encouraging violence, not spreading lies?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked in reference to Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged. 

“Yeah,” Clegg said. “We’ve got very clear rules, they’re called community standards. Everyone can go online to see them, and one of the brightest of those red lines, as you just implied, is that you cannot — it doesn’t matter who you are, you could be the Pope, the Queen of England, the President of the United States — you cannot use our services, and I hope most people would think this is reasonable, to aid, abet, foment, or praise acts of violence.”

Facebook banned Trump indefinitely in January after hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. His last post on the platform was on January 6 and stated: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

On Friday, Clegg said Facebook will “look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded” by the time Trump’s suspension expires in 2023.

“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,” he added.

Trump has also been banned on Instagram, which Facebook owns.

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Facebook reveals Trump will be suspended for TWO YEARS - but says he will be allowed to

  • The company said it wanted a suspension 'long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement' as well as to act as a deterrent
  • Suspension starts from Jan. 7, 2021
  • That means it will remain through the 2022 off-year elections where Trump is seeking to play a significant role 
  • It referenced 'acts of incitement' in reference to his comments on the platform around the time of the January 6th Capitol riot
  • The blow comes after it was revealed Trump was taking down his own 'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump' web site after reports of slow traffic 
  • Details of suspension come as Trump continues to say the election was 'stolen' 
  • Statement notes the oversight board criticized the 'open-ended nature of the suspension' 
  • Longer ban can be avoided 'if the risks to public safety has receded' Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. The company released a new statement and provided an end date for Trump's suspension, provided he does not commit further violations of its policies

Facebook announced Friday that it would maintain its suspension of former President Donald Trump's participation in the social media site for two years – until January 2023 – but said he could return if he stopped committing 'violations'.

The company responded in a statement after its oversight board announced Trump's suspension from Facebook and Instagram, but without providing an end date.

It acknowledged permanent removal was an option 'if Mr. Trump commits further violations' of its policies in the future. But the company also noted its oversight board had 'criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, stating that "it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension."' 

It cited the 'gravity' of the conduct that got him bumped in the first place, after flagging his repeated claims of election fraud and other issues. The statement also referenced 'acts of incitement' in reference to his comments around the time of the January 6th Capitol riot, when Congress met to certify the electoral votes.

Former President Donald Trump's suspension from Facebook will last for two years, the company said in a statement

'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,' according to the statement, authored by Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of Great Britain.

'We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,' the company said. 

That means the suspension will remain through the 2022 off-year elections where Trump is seeking to play a significant role 

We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump's accounts.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. The company released a new statement and provided an end date for Trump's suspension, provided he does not commit further violations of its policies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. The company released a new statement and provided an end date for Trump's suspension, provided he does not commit further violations of its policies

But the company warned: '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, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.' 

'In establishing the two year sanction for severe violations, we considered the need for it to be long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, to be significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, and to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself,' the company said. 

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The blow comes after it was revealed Trump was taking down his own 'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump' web site after just 29 days following reports of slow traffic.

The Facebook ban drew howls of protest from Trump and GOP allies who railed against 'Big Tech' and its ability to use its sway to try to keep public figures from using the platform.

But the company spelled out what it viewed as a 'serious risk to public safety' if Trump were allowed back on.

'We will evaluate external factors, including 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.'

The announcement comes during a week when the New York Times reported Trump expects to be reinstated to the White House later this summer, following the conclusion of 'audits,' such as one ordered by the Republican Senate in Arizona. That is one of the states where Trump claims election fraud, although the state certified President Joe Biden as the winner and Congress counted the votes for Biden. 

Trump's last post on Facebook remains his final message on January 6 in which he said: 'I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! 

'Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!' he wrote. The appeal came after lawmakers reportedly pleaded with him to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.

Federal prosecutors said this week the riot resulted in $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol. They have prosecuted hundreds of people who took part. 

Trump was acquitted in the Senate on charges that included 'incitement of insurrection.' 

Trump has continued to play a prominent role in national discussions since he left the White House and skipped Biden's inauguration. Polling shows a substantial number of Republicans agree the election results are tainted, after Trump spent months sowing doubts about mail ballots and vote counters both before and after the elections using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.

But he has struggled to find a way to consistently put out his message, even while shattering the mold of ex-presidents with his frequent commentary on his successor. 

Shortly before the Facebook statement, Trump used his own 'Save America PAC' to send out an emailed statement questioning the results in Arizona as well as Pennsylvania, which also went for Biden. He leveled a political threat at some Pennsylvania Republican legislators.

'The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth. If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn't act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!' he wrote. 

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Comment by mr1stroke on June 8, 2021 at 10:28pm

N***** you are a damn liar, read your past comments, you are the n***** who always glorify facebook, talking about how you will start a petition to ban me on here, i guess facebook have not been working in your favor now you hate Facebook, well moment of truth, i told you niggers that you have more problems than worrying about white people, when you have a n***** shooting and killing a 10 years old boy for an argument over a parking space, it explain how sorry noggers are, so whether its facebook or Donald Trump those are white people's business, you niggers have way more problems when you dont even own a business in your own community, The people of fa ebook and donald Trump sure dont have your problems or worrying about you

Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 8, 2021 at 2:49pm
Black people who are worried about Facebook and social media, need to get their head out their ass, social media is not paying your bills. People had a life before social media. With all the crazy s*** going on in social media, people putting their business all over social media, it's no wonder the world is f***** up. I could give two F's, about Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, they did not pay for my education, or my bills. The three basic things you need to survive, food, shelter, clothing. I don't two flying F's if Trump, or any other ratchet ass politician get banned from social media, if I get banned I won't give a f****
Comment by mr1stroke on June 6, 2021 at 8:01pm

 vaughn mitchell read n*****, i said Obama was a president like every other presidents he could of passed any executive order without the approval og Republicans, but he was being a poster boy for white people and the gay community, now you said you are intelligent and you dont know some of the executive orders that Obama passed, that is a damn shame.

Obama could not go to Tulsa and see about the condition of the black people who are still struggling, he never bother to see about Colfax, La, nor Wilmington, NC, or address the massacre in Washington, D.C in 1919, Elaine, Ark, and Rosewood, Fl. There are more n*****, read, you niggers called him the first black president but he sure never cared about black people instead he was showing concern The Stonewall riots, he made it his business to go kiss the ground at the holocaust museum in Jerusalem, he set funding for the holocaust victims, i have no respect for that slave n*****, slave niggers like you support people like him thats why you niggers still relying on white people and begging, niggers like you will never be anything more than a useless monkey n*****.

Like i said before Trump is a white people's business, stop making your master comfortable, stop being concern about white people, Trump did not affect you in anyway, if you have the rights as American and you stand your ground like white people why are you afraid of Trump, you niggers never took charge other tham relying on those white democrats that is why you are so afraid of Trump, what damages have Trump done to black people during his presidency compare to the democrats?

If you niggers did not accept the slave treatments you would not be defending the white government, lool at your community there is a homeless shelter on every black, they are slowly killing black men mentally by burying them in poverty and they blame it on mental illness so they can give them medication that can forever destroy their brain, in what white democrat community do you see that nonsense, go on and find me a good middle class or working class whit democrat community with so many destruction, why are they living so different from you, if ots about poor people how come the cops are not shooting and killing the poor white democrats? You n***** ots tome to wake up, stop being a slave you old monkey

Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 6, 2021 at 4:56pm
Obama, give executive order on what ? Look you illiterate a******, who give a f*** about social media, that is what's ruining people. Women posing naked for money, everyone putting their business out there. People committing crimes post it on social media. I guess Obama, was going to executive order everything. Trump, wanted privatize social security he was blocked, the idiot wanted to nuke Iran, blocked him and his family stole tax payers money. The man spend more days golfing than any other president in history. I wish I could get up and watch Fox or CNN every morning before I work. He literally did not do s***. But lied about the virus, lied about everything, a f****** sore loser.
Comment by mr1stroke on June 6, 2021 at 2:14pm

Lol slave niggers love biden so much like he is their new jesus, ehat exactly has biden done for black people, they could not name that one thing, bragging about obama passed a bill for body cam like that was the best he could do, how many lives have that saved so far, if you eant to see the video you have to go to court and they still limit what you can see, obama had the opportunity to take executive order like every president what was his excuse, you niggers keep looking stupid withe excuses, embrace the truth and find solution to solve the problem, you talking about Facebook yet youre worrying about Trump, qell guess what dummy, Trump is a white people's problem they needed the niggers to help them get hom put so they can be comfortable, Trump is not in office the cops still hate you, your community is still a dump, you still cant live or work in many places, you keep on asking how long biden president? Again you slave n***** what does that mean, since he been president he overturned how many executive orders has he signed, in less than 6 months he signed the anti asians hate crime, where exaztly do black people fit, you old niggers need to stop making excuses and stop beind white people servants, do you see the jews kissing up to any one? Hell no they take care of them, niggers are the only one kissing up to white people, enough, love your self and embrace your own, white people will never love you so does Biden

Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 6, 2021 at 11:28am
@ Tyrone, how long has Biden been president? When Obama, became president the white majority, who control the house and the Senate, said they would block everything he tried to do, and they did, imagine if he did not pass the bill for cops to wear bodycams what would happen. So far the Republicans have blocked Police reforms, did away with the filibuster to block the investigation of the capitol riots. We have two Democrats siding with Republicans, Mike Manchin, of West Virginia, and another Democrat in Iowa. Have you not been reading the news Bro, Facebook, are banning Trump, because he told lies those lies, cause an uprising at the Capitol, they are going after politicians who tell lies and spew hate, and your worried about individual rights. You better worry about if Trump, get in the white house what it will mean for black people because this country will start to burn more if he ever get elected again. Your worried about Facebook censorship, but not about the Republicans rigging the 22, and 24 election. Limiting mail in ballots, moving polling places, changing voting times. Your worried about Facebook, and censorship, we live without Facebook, and Twitter before they came along. Bro, get your priorities straight, because if Trump, get to be president every lie imaginable will be used to kill us, and not a damn thing we can do about it. We have housing discrimination, bank discrimination, can't get police reform and your worried about f****** social media, get your f****** priorities straight. Black women are acting like ratchets fighting with no pantyt on with tampon between her legs, fake gangstas shooting up clubs, doing drive buys, shooting at a woman in her car with kids in it, and your b******* about social media. Biden has been in the white house, for not even half a year, and some of these dumb ass negros are already b******* better pray Trump, don't get in, worry about your family and yourself, and get the f*** off social media.
Comment by mr1stroke on June 5, 2021 at 12:28am

Now in NY you have every one ready to vote for Eric Adam but they will do it because either he is black or no choice instead of picking someone independent, but Eric was a cop what has he done for the community in regards of police brutality, he put together 100 black men law enforcement have the black cops ever stood and speak out against the system in favor of black people, they talk, they beg and sell the community right back to the system, its a damn shame no one sees anything wrong with that but want to brag about the first black this and that while they sit and complaint waiting for white people to deliver them like Moses

Comment by mr1stroke on June 5, 2021 at 12:23am

Tyrone the bible it self said it, there will be a time you have to pick a group if youre weak you will go with every one, so these days you have to be democrats, gay and in favor of illegal immigrants or anything the massive is down with in order to be accepted, platforms like facebook are the work of government if they dont do what the government says they will torture you or run you out of business

Isn't it amazing all those platforms are in favor  of democrats, when the wall scandal was im discussion they are all wrote letters to congress and senate but cant do anything on behalf of black people, they never stood for any crimes or police brutality against black people, yet you have idiots who sides with them like they are doing anything good, the black community have been conditioned to hate each other and love their enemy, any candidate they vote for has never done anything for them except for false promises

Comment by Tyrone on June 4, 2021 at 9:23pm

First off let me say, what I'm saying is not in defense of Republicans or Democrats.  A lot of people were against Trump.....Trump is a racist, (So is Biden).  We gotta get rid of Trump, now Trump is gone, I haven't seen any thing good Biden has done for black people.  But the point I'm trying to make, if Facebook can block the President of the United States for his personal opinions, what will they do with the ordinary man / woman.  We are now living in a world that if you don't tow the line of what is spewed out, you are considered an enemy, a conspiracy theorist, a couk wearing a tin foiled hat.  We don't have freedom to express ourselves anymore.  If you don't agree with mainstream media you are an enemy.  Even YouTube are censoring people who express a different viewpoint along with Instagram.  This country is now on the path of becoming a Communist State.

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