Former Us President Donald Trump’s accounts have been suspended from Facebook and Instagram for two years by Facebook Inc.
He has already been questioned for his posts In January which he made on Capitol Riots. According to the Incorporation, both platforms have been negatively used which made Facebook’s Oversight Board criticize the open-ended penalty.
Facebook said that Trump’s actions and behavior caused “a severe violation of our rules”. However, Mr. Trump said it is an act of insult towards him and the millions of people who voted for him in the elections.
The social media giant said it is ending its policy of shielding politicians from the content moderation rules. It has decided to no longer give immunity for any deceptive as well as abusive content in the name of newsworthy.
Nick Clegg, facebook’s vice-president of global affairs said “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.”
He further added, “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.”
Trump responded to this in a statement, “Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75m people, plus many others, who voted for us…” which has been done from his Save America political action committee.
He further said, “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!”
About the ban, 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,”. He emphasized, “It will be all business!”
It is heard that Trump and his followers are looking forward to rallying up in the early weeks of July. It is a large-scaled in-person rally set for Dallas, Texas.
Perhaps this in-person rally signifies that he cannot motivate followers on social media platforms anymore as it is not just Facebook but Trump has been suspended from Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitch, and any other social media platforms after the event of January Riot.
As banning the President can upset a major number of users, Facebook must have some reason to take this big call.
The platform said the posts which consider violation or abusive material will no longer treat “content posted by politicians any differently”.
The company said, “Instead, we will simply apply our newsworthiness balancing test in the same way to all content, measuring whether the public interest value of the content outweighs the potential risk of harm by leaving it up.”
The independent board which is supposed to take these unbiased decisions is made of 20 members including legal scholars, journalists, freedom of speech experts, and a former prime minister of Denmark.