Facebook says Trump ban won’t end until at least 2023

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Facebook announced Friday that it’s decided to keep former President Donald Trump blocked from its social media platforms for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on Jan. 7.

After two years, Facebook will examine “whether the risk to public safety has receded” and make a decision about whether the company will allow Trump back on its platforms.

The announcement comes about a month after Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the company’s initial decision to block Trump from its platforms. The board, however, said an indefinite suspension of Trump’s account was inappropriate and gave Facebook six months to lay out new penalties.

“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said in a statement. “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.

“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,” Clegg added.

By the Oversight Board’s own rules, Facebook had 30 days to respond publicly to the ruling, which was announced on May 5.

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