The White House backed Facebook’s decision to suspend former President Donald Trump for two years, predicting he is unlikely to drop the sharp rhetoric that led to his initial ban from social media platforms.
The social media giant announced Friday Trump would be suspended for two years, retroactive to his Jan. 7 suspension from Facebook and Instagram due to his role leading up to the Capitol riot the previous day. That means the Republican stalwart could return to both sites by early 2023 — potentially in the heat of a GOP presidential primary fight and as the party’s front-runner if he decides to run again. However, it would still deprive the party of its most robust voice during the 2022 midterm elections on the platforms.
But President Joe Biden’s top spokeswoman doubts Trump will do enough over the coming months to earn his way out of the ban.
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