Facebook suspends Trump for two years
Published: 11:07 AM, 5 June 2021 Updated: 01:03 PM, 5 June 2021
Former United States President Donald Trump; Photo: Collected
Social media platforms Facebook and Instagram have suspended former United States President Donald Trump’s account for two years, Facebook authorities announced on Friday.
Due to this decision, Trump will have to stay away from Facebook at least until January 2023. Facebook’s 20-member Oversight Board gave Facebook authorities six months to impose a “reasonable punishment” on Trump. Within a month of that time, Facebook authorities announced their decision.
Trump was banned on Facebook and Twitter in January for allegedly inciting supporters to attack and use violence at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., a symbol of democracy in the United States. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the incident that day by Trump supporters. The attack shook the foundations of democracy in the United States.
Trump’s Twitter account was permanently shut down after the incident. The account, which has been used for more than 10 years, had about 90 million followers of Trump. On the other hand, Facebook has banned Trump indefinitely on its own platform.
But Facebook authorities said Friday that there were plans to ban Donald Trump for the next two years, However, if the “public safety risk is reduced”, his account may be reponed on the social media giant’s platform.
“Whether we punish or not, it will be controversial,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs. “Many believe that it would not be right for a former US president like Donald Trump to be suspended from Facebook in this way. Again, many believe Trump should be suspended for life right now.”
“We also knew today's decision will be criticized by the opposition in the political arena,” he said, adding that their job is come to a conclusion as “fair and transparent” as possible.
At the instigation of Trump on January 7 this year, his supporters launched a massive attack on Capitol Hill. The purpose of the attack was to change the outcome of last year’s election. Trump has been claiming since the results were announced that there has been “widespread rigged” in the election.
Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram on January 7 in the wake of the Capitol Hill attack. At the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “the risk of allowing President Trump to use our services was much higher.”
Source: BBC and Reuters