Former President Trump responded to Facebook’s decision to ban him for a minimum of two years writing in a statement that, “Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Election.”
Trump continued, writing, “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”
Friday afternoon, Facebook issued a statement writing, “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.”
Though Facebook is imposing a penalty of two year, Trump’s account will not automatically be reinstated after the 2-year period is over.
Instead, Nick Clegg, the Vice President of Global Affairs at Facebook said, the company will “look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.”
This, Clegg explained, will include evaluating “instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” and if the company finds it still perceives the account to be a risk, the suspension will be extended.
Clegg also noted that if Trump’s accounts are reinstated, his accounts will be “rapidly escalating sanctions” for any violations.
Facebook banned the President following the January 6th uprising on Capitol Hill amid concerns that his posts were inciting violence.
Joe Biden was elected 46th President of the United States in November 2020.