Facebook said Friday that former US president Donald Trump will remain suspended from its platform for two years and after that period the company will “will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.”
The social media giant’s highly-anticipated decision comes after an oversight board tasked with reviewing Facebook’s toughest content moderation decisions upheld the suspension but asked the company to take a closer look at its rules and determine how long Trump’s suspension would last.
Facebook, like other social networks, suspended Trump from the platform after the deadly US Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 6 over concerns his remarks would incite violence. Facebook said that the time Trump’s suspension was “indefinite” but the oversight board pointed out that its rules don’t include that penalty.
“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’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said in a blog post.
Trump didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.