Facebook suspends Trump for two years until January 2023

Through his Vice President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, today Facebook ad the two-year suspension of former President Donald Trump, thus extending the indefinite suspension that was imposed on him on January 7, after being an important factor in the acts of violence that took place on January 6 in the Congress of the United States.

Although the current suspension will end on January 7, 2023, Facebook will reassess the situation to determine whether or not to extend the suspension based on the risk to public safety that re-activating the former president’s account may represent. Clegg noted that Facebook will evaluate “external factors, including cases of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other indicators of civil unrest“.

Undoubtedly, this suspension is very important at this time when Trump and part of the Republican party continue to keep alive the lie (The big lie as it is well called in English here in the United States) about fraud in the 2020 presidential elections , when to date, after more than 65 legal actions initiated in different states, they have been rejected and the majority for the same reason, the lack of evidence of fraud. In addition, the counting of votes in the states in which allegations of fraud were presented without any proof, ended up corroborating (in some cases more than twice) that the fraud did not exist and that the votes were legitimate.

The damage produced by Trump during his presidential term and the one he continues to carry out, dividing the country as it has never been divided, in large part resulted from the amplification of his lies through social networks and especially through Facebook and Twitter. .

Clegg also commented that if in January 2023 they decide to reinstate Trump and he again violates the rules of the social network, the company will implement a “strict set of sanctions”, which could go up to the permanent ban of the former president.

In addition to the suspension of Trump, Clegg announced new measures for public figures and especially for politicians in times of civil unrest and violence, which will be applied “in exceptional cases like this“.

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This is a big change when it comes to evaluating the posts of politicians by Facebook to date, since this social network has on many occasions overlooked its own policies, considering any publication by politicians as “newsworthy”, which will not happen from now on.

If politicians violate the rules of the service through posts that put public safety at risk, they will face the same consequences as any other user.

In another post also updated today, Facebook, among other things, points out the following in reference to the warnings that it will issue for user publications: “If you post content that goes against the Facebook Community Standards or the Instagram Community Guidelines, we will remove it and then apply a warning to your Facebook or Instagram account. Whether we apply a warning depends on the severity of the content, the context in which it was shared, and when it was posted.“.

Also in that post you can also read: “If you posted this content on a page or group that you manage on Facebook, the warning can also be counted against that page or group. If you manage a group, we may also consider violations that you approve as warnings against that group. In some cases, an offense may be serious enough, such as posting child sexual exploitation content, that we will terminate your Facebook account, page or group, or your Instagram account, after one occurrence.“.

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