Facebook gives Trump a 2-year suspension after Oversight Board decision

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook has commuted former President Donald Trump’s indefinite ban into a two-year suspension that will end January 7th, 2023. Facebook will then reevaluate Trump’s ban to “assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.” If he’s reinstated and violates Facebook’s rules again, it will implement a “strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions” that could lead to a permanent ban.

The suspension accompanies a change in how Facebook treats “newsworthy” posts that break its rules. Facebook will still allow some violating content that is “newsworthy or important to the public interest” to remain online. But as The Verge reported yesterday, it will begin publishing the “rare instances” when it’s applied. And it won’t grant special status…

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