Facebook handed the decision to some kind of oversight board that it created to oversee itself.
Talk about the Fox guarding the Fox House.
The board, as judge, jury, and executioner, decided that Donald Trump was responsible for the riot at the Capitol Jan. 6. No matter that the actual constitutionally approved judge – the Senate – exonerated him.
According to a post by Facebook VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg:
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. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.
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.
When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.
Trump responded that he was being censored, and that next time Zuckerberg wants to bring his wife to the White House for dinner, the answer will be “no.”
“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!” Trump said in a statement.
In a followup, he said: “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!”
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