Facebook bans Donald Trump's account for 2 years; he calls it "insult"
Washington : Facebook Inc on Friday banned former US President Donald Trump's account for 2 years and announced new rules which will be implemented on rule-breaking leaders on the social media platform.
Facebook notified that the ban, which starts from Jan 7 because of Trump's remarks on Capitol riot, will only be lifted if the risk to public safety has receded. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has called it an "insult" to the people who voted for him.
With 2 years ban on his account, Donald Trump will not be able to use Facebook as his megaphone for the upcoming mid-term elections in November 2022, when his party will be competing for Congressional seats. However, this means that he will return on Facebook before the next Presidential elections which will be held in late 2024.
"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," Facebook's head of global affairs Nick Clegg said in the post.
Trump said in a statement Friday, "Facebook's ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can't take this abuse anymore!"
Donald Trump was permanently banned on Twitter and YouTube for his provoking comments during the Capitol riots. Recently, Mr Trump had hinted of launching his own social media platform but his team has given very less official information on this.
Facebook has said that they work with the team of experts who continuously examine the risk of public safety and on that basis it will be decided if the ban should be lifted or new sanctions should be imposed on him.