Facebook confirmed that it will ban former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account until 2023. This shows that FB will not exempt politicians from its rules.
Facebook previously banned Donald Trump, former U.S. president, from using the popular online platform. This happened after the tech giant firm discovered that Trump posts content that shows violence, hate speech, racism, and other things that violate its rules and regulations.
Facebook said on Friday, June 4, that it will suspend former president Donald Trump for two years following his comments inciting violence in the wake of the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. The tech firm said that it will lift the account prohibition once the ongoing assessment is done.
On the other hand, Facebook also said that before Donald Trump’s account is returned, they will make sure that the risk to public safety has receded. The company’s new policy refers specifically to the behavior of public figures during periods of heightened violence or unrest, according to the blog post.
Facebook explained that “on May 5, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook’s decision to suspend former President Donald Trump’s accounts, while also providing non-binding recommendations to improve our policies, how we enforce them, and our transparency reporting. We thank the Oversight Board for these recommendations.”
Facebook Incorporated added that they “identified 19 distinct recommendations and have responded to each of them below. We carefully considered these recommendations and today are committing to fully implement 15 of them.”
FB Will Also Look Into Posts of Other Politicians
The social media giant‘s action against Trump’s FB account clearly shows that it will politicians from its rules and regulations. The company’s decision is a great one since these people can surely influence regular citizens to believe in things that are not proven, which can really affect medical measures conducted to prevent the further spread of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, the giant social media platform said that it will no longer treat content that is posted by politicians as inherently of public interest or newsworthy. This means such posts will be moderated like that of any other user.
The social media company will still provide a newsworthiness exemption for content posted by politicians and other users in rare cases, the company said, but it will begin publicly publishing regular updates about the instances where it applies this exemption for the sake of transparency.
On the other hand, the tech giant social media firm said that if a politician’s account did violate its rules and regulations against misinformation, its regulators will consider the severity of a public figure’s violation, their influence over the public, and the severity of the violence.
The social media platform also said that these factors will be considered in determining how long their accounts are suspended, which could range from one month to two years. In extreme cases, Facebook will permanently disable the account, the company said.