Facebook announced on Friday that former President Donald Trump would be suspended from the platform until at least January 7, 2023, two years after he was initially suspended.
Facebook said it will then assess the circumstances to see if it should be allowed to return.
The company said in a publication on Friday that after the two years have passed, it will “seek experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has diminished. We will assess external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other indicators of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a specified period of time and continue to reassess until that risk has decreased.
Lawyer: Trump violated Facebook community rulesIn the post, written by Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president of global affairs, he also announced new rules to “apply enforcement protocols in exceptional cases like this.” The change comes in the wake of the unprecedented step the company took to suspend Trump indefinitely in January, and the way his independent oversight board rebuked him for the arbitrary nature of that suspension.
Politicians have generally been given leeway on Facebook because the company operated under the assumption that its posts were newsworthy and part of the public debate. As a result, the company did not apply its usual rules. But now Facebook will no longer take on the journalistic value of world leaders’ posts, a Facebook source told Citizen Free Press Business.
However, the company will not fully terminate its newsworthy exception. The company will continue to use the exception, according to the source, but, in another significant change, it will begin to explicitly disclose when the exception has been applied.