Facebook bans Donald Trump for two years over storming of US Capitol

Facebook bans Donald Trump for two years over storming of US Capitol

Sir Nick added: “At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. 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.”

Videos shared across Mr Trump’s social accounts called those who stormed the Capitol “patriots” and said: “We love you.” The storming resulted in the deaths of five people.

Even if Mr Trump is allowed back onto Facebook he will then face a sliding scale of potential bans – up to being permanently barred again – if he breaches the platform’s speech rules.

Facebook’s ruling has come after it was criticised by its Oversight Board, an organisation funded by the company to scrutinise its decisions, for banning Mr Trump indefinitely without properly explaining its reasoning for the punishment.

Among the other changes the tech giant is ushering in is scrapping its policy of not removing posts from politicians for breaches that would see other users banned.

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