(Menlo Park, Calif.) – Facebook will suspend former President Trump from the platform for two years it announced on Friday. The company’s announcement follows a ruling from the Facebook Oversight Board in May that pushed the decision of whether or not to ban the former president back to Facebook and its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook also announced it will stop giving politicians some special treatment.
“Former President Trump should be banned permanently, not just suspended from Facebook for his actions. He used Facebook to endanger our democracy, empower hateful violence, and promote racial division. Many of the changes and actions that Facebook is now implementing are things that advocates called for years ago.
“Rather than looking toward the future and considering how to prevent the further risk of violence and online hate, Facebook is making these decisions only after serious harm has already occurred. The company must wake-up and realize that for the good of our nation, and the safety of our communities of color, Trump must be banned and hate, disinformation, and dangerous conspiracy theories must not be tolerated.”
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