Facebook has Former President Donald Trump’s Unlimited Ban Overturned in a two-year suspension ending January 7, 2023. Facebook will then re-evaluate Trump’s ban to “assess whether the risk to public safety has decreased.” If he is reinstated and again violates Facebook’s rules, it will introduce a “strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions” that could lead to a permanent ban.
The suspension comes with a change in how Facebook handles “newsworthy” posts that break the rules. Facebook will still allow some infringing content that is “newsworthy or important in the public interest” to remain online. But if The edge reported yesterday, it will start publishing the “rare cases” when it is applied. And it will not give special status to politicians’ posts, a sharp reversal from the previous policy that shielded them from rules that applied to other users.
In response to the @OversightBoard‘s ruling, Facebook will suspend Donald Trump’s accounts for 2 years, effective from the date of the first suspension in January this year. At that point, we will assess the risk to public safety and extend restrictions as circumstances require. https://t.co/23JTzX2pfx
— Nick Clegg (@nickclegg) June 4, 2021
“When we rate content for newsworthiness, we will not treat content posted by politicians differently from content posted by someone else,” Facebook writes in a blog post. “Instead, we will apply our newsworthiness balancing test to all content in the same way, measuring whether the content’s public interest value outweighs the potential risk of harm from leaving it.”
Facebook made the change in response to a request from the Oversight Board to clarify its policies around Trump’s ban.