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Facebook to suspend Donald Trump’s accounts for two years

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Facebook has stated that it will be suspending former US president Donald Trump’s accounts for two years following its findings that he sparked violence at the US Capitol where five people were killed at the January 6th riots.

Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg stated that an evaluation will be done at the end of the period to see if the public safety risk has reduced while adding, “We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest.”

The social media giant also plans to remove a policy that gives an automatic exemption to politicians from certain moderation rules on the site.

Facebook added that this exception will still be used for certain posts that are deemed to be in the public interest even if it violates the rules. For the most part, it will no longer treat material posted by politicians differently from anyone else.

This follows recommendations from Facebook’s oversight board who supported a decision made by Facebook to indefinitely suspend Trump’s account but have called for Facebook to make a decision within six months.

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