Facebook announced Friday that former President Donald Trump would remain banned on its platforms, including Instagram, through the 2022 midterms until January 2023.
The suspension was enacted following the Capitol riot early this year and joined by bans from Twitter, Snapchat, and others, while the outgoing president faced a second impeachment from Democrats on Capitol hill.
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said Trump’s presence on the company’s platforms “constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols.”
“At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” Clegg wrote in a statement, with Trump’s two-year suspension effective from the date he was ripped off the company’s platforms in January.
Facebook’s own oversight board gave rubber-stamped approval to the company’s decision last month to ban Trump, concluding the president “created an environment where a serious risk of