Facebook announced Friday that it would maintain its suspension of former President ‘s participation in the social media site for an additional two years – until January 2023.
The company responded in a after its oversight board announced Trump’s suspension from Facebook and Instagram, but without providing an end date.
It cited the ‘gravity’ of the conduct that got him bumped in the first place, after flagging his repeated claims of election fraud and other issues. The statement also referenced ‘acts of incitement’ in reference to his comments around the time of the January 6th Capitol riot, when Congress met to certify the electoral votes.
‘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,’ according to the statement, authored by Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg.
‘We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,’ the company said.
That means the suspension will remain through the 2022 off-year elections where Trump is seeking to play a significant role