Facebook announced Friday that it would maintain its suspension of former President
Facebook announced Friday that it would maintain its suspension of former President ‘s participation in the social media site for two years – until January 2023 – but said he could return if he stopped committing ‘violations’.
Mark Zuckerberg handed the former president what he says was the company’s ‘highest penalty’ after the Facebook Oversight Board criticized the indefinite ban handed down after the Capitol riot.
And the former president responded first with a blistering statement, then with some online mockery.
‘Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife.
It will be all business!’ Trump wrote in a statement from his ‘Save America’ PAC. He blasted out his response by email, with Facebook and Twitter bans both in effect.
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The Facebook ban drew howls of protest from Trump and GOP allies who railed against ‘Big Tech’ and its ability to use its global reach to sidelines public figures from using the platform. Many candidates use Facebook as a way both to build supporters and drive fundraising efforts and promote events.
But the company spelled out what it viewed as a ‘serious risk to public safety’ if Trump were allowed back on.
‘We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.’
The announcement comes during a week when the New York Times reported Trump expects to be reinstated to the White House later this summer, following the conclusion of ‘audits,’ such as one ordered by the Republican Senate in Arizona. That is one of the states where Trump claims election fraud, although the state certified President Joe Biden as the winner and Congress counted the votes for Biden.
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Trump’s last post on Facebook remains his final message on January 6 in which he said: ‘I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence!
‘Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue.
Thank you!’ he wrote. The appeal came after lawmakers reportedly pleaded with him to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.
Federal prosecutors said this week the riot resulted in $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol. They have prosecuted hundreds of people who took part.
Trump was acquitted in the Senate on charges that included ‘incitement of insurrection.’
Trump has continued to play a prominent role in national discussions since he left the White House and skipped Biden’s inauguration. Polling shows a substantial number of Republicans agree the election results are tainted, after Trump spent months sowing doubts about mail ballots and vote counters both before and after the elections using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.
But he has struggled to find a way to consistently put out his message, even while shattering the mold of ex-presidents with his frequent commentary on his successor.
Shortly before the Facebook statement, Trump used his own ‘Save America PAC’ to send out an emailed statement questioning the results in Arizona as well as Pennsylvania, which also went for Biden. He leveled a political threat at some Pennsylvania Republican legislators.
‘The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth.
If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn’t act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!’ he wrote.
Trump´s suspension from Facebook has still allowed people to read an comment on his past posts. Twitter, on the other hand, has banned him entirely and wiped away his former presence.
Trump called it a ‘total disgrace’ last month when Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the ban.
It ruled that Trump’s posts around the riot ‘severely violated’ its rules and ‘encouraged legitimized violence.’
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