The social network Facecebook announced this Friday that it will ban former US President Donald Trump for two years, after his advisory board asked for a review of the ban indefinitely.
Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts remain closed since the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill by thousands of supporters of the former president, who was tried (and acquitted) in the US Senate for “inciting to insurrection”.
The company announced this Friday, in a statement, that it would suspend Trump’s accounts for two years, effective from January 7, when it removed the former President’s access to social networks Facebook and Instagram (both owned by organization).
At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has diminished. We will assess external factors, including cases of violence, restrictions on peaceful assemblies and other markers of civil unrest.”, explained Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Facebook.
This social network also wants to put an end to a controversial strategy, defended by its CEO [Diretor executivo], Mark Zuckerberg, according to which politicians are exempt from rules that prohibit hate speech.
Today, the company clarified that, although it still applies this exemption from rules to certain messages that it considers to be of public interest, even if they violate Facebook’s rules, it will not treat these contents posted by politicians differently.
These announcements respond to the recommendations of the supervisory board, a semi-independent body, which, in May, had asked the company to review the decision to suspend “indefinitely” access to its social network accounts by Donald Trump.
The board had given the company six months to make a decision on the matter.