Facebook has said Donald Trump will be banned from its network for at least two years, a move likely to inflame tensions with allies of the former US president who accuse the company of censoring conservative views.
The ban was a revision from a previous indefinite suspension by Facebook, which was criticised by the company’s “oversight board”. The board last month upheld the decision to kick Trump off the platform but found fault with the lifetime ban.
The new suspension will be effective from the date of Trump’s initial suspension on January 7, the day after the attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol building in Washington, Facebook said. The company had barred him from its platform for voicing support for the Capitol rioters. The ban will only be lifted if the company feels “the risk to public safety 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,” wrote Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global policy, in a blog post explaining the decision on Friday.
The decision came as part of an announcement detailing broader changes to the company’s policies on how it moderates speech by influential public figures.