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Facebook has made its final decision on its ban of Trump from the platform and has announced that the ban will last for 2 years.
This is leading to speculation that the ban will end just in time for Trump to run in 2024. After the ban President Trump released a statement promising not to be accommodating to Mark Zuckerberg when he is back in the White House.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Facebook’s independent oversight board in May upheld the social media giant’s block on Trump, which was enforced in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, because the company said his posts were inciting violence.
However, the board ruled it was wrong to make the ban indefinite and gave it six months to determine a “proportionate response.”
Trump’s two-year suspension was effective from the initial date he was he was blocked – Jan. 7 this year – and will only be reinstated if the risk of public safety had receded, Facebook said in a blog post. A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Facebook said it would work with experts to make this determination and would evaluate factors including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. It also said there would be a set of escalating sanctions that would be triggered if Trump broke further rules that could lead to his permanent removal.
This does mean that President Trump will not be allowed to use his accounts for the 2022 election cycle.