On January 6, Facebook opted to suspend then-President Donald Trump from their platform indefinitely. Social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter opted to do the same. However, supporters of the former reality television show host began to urge Facebook to provide a more definitive ruling. This week, the social media platform did just that.
Facebook has announced that it will extend its ban against Donald Trump for another two years. As a result, the New York native will not be allowed to open a profile on Facebook or Instagram until 2023.
“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Facebook Global Affairs Vice President Nick Clegg stated.
“We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”
Not long after Facebook handed down its ruling, Trump spoke to members of the Republican Party in North Carolina. He hinted that he would continue to fight against a ban that would keep him off the site until January 2023.
“They say they may allow me back in two years. I’m not too interested in that,” he said.
“They may allow me back in two years. We got to stop that. We can’t let it happen. So unfair. They are shutting down an entire group of people. Not just me. They are shutting down the voice of a much more powerful and a much larger group.”
At this time, it is unclear if Trump will fight to get back on his once-favorite platform, Twitter.