Facebook suspends Donald Trump for two years

Donald Trump’s Facebook account on a smartphone on May 6, 2021 (photo illustration).

SOCIAL NETWORKS – Facebook announced this Friday, June 4, to suspend Donald Trump for two years, and that politicians would now be punished like other users when they violate the rules of the social network, especially in the event of disinformation.

The former US president will only be able to return when the “risks to the safety of the public have disappeared,” said the platform, which had banned him the day after the invasion of Congress in January by a crowd of his supporters, during the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.

He was initially suspended “until further notice”

The Californian group had previously tolerated many messages from the Republican billionaire deemed problematic by large sections of society, and even internally.

But on January 7, the network had finally suspended “until further notice” the losing candidate for having broken its rules on incitement to violence, in particular in a video in which he expressed his support for the rioters.

In early May, Facebook’s supervisory board decided to uphold the group’s decision to ban the former US president from posting messages on his Facebook page and on his Instagram account.

The supervisory board had, however, considered that it was “not appropriate for Facebook to impose” a sanction of indefinite duration and asked it to “reconsider the arbitrary decision imposed on January 7” within the next six months, he added in a statement.

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