Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts after the Jan.6 uprising on Capitol Hill. The move is Facebook’s most positive action against Trump during his four-year tenure.
Facebook announced Friday that it may allow the recovery of former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in January 2023.
This two-year suspension will prevent Trump from using Facebook or Instagram to broadcast to his followers until after the 2022 US midterm election.
At this point, the social media company will reassess whether the risk to public safety of allowing Trump to return to his service has diminished.
“We will assess external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assemblies and other signs of civil unrest,” the company said in a blog post. “If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a period of time and continue to reassess until that risk is reduced.”
If Trump is allowed to return to service, there will be a series of rapidly escalating strict sanctions that will be triggered if Trump further breaks the company’s content moderation rules, Facebook said.
In a statement released by his office, Trump criticized Facebook’s move, calling it an insult to his voters and falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election was over cheated.
“They should not be allowed to escape this censorship and silence, and in the end we will win,” Trump said in the statement. “Our country can no longer tolerate this abuse! ”
The company said it determined that a two-year suspension period was an appropriate amount of time to allow a safe period following the actions of the January 6 uprising and that the suspension was sufficient to prevent Trump and others from re-offending in the future.