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Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years

Facebook announced that it will suspend former President Donald Trump’s accounts for two years following its finding that he stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s current vice-president of global affairs, said in a statement: “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 under the new enforcement protocols.“We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 [sic] this year.”

On Facebook, Trump’s suspension has meant that his account is essentially in “Facebook jail,” where others can read and comment on past posts, but Trump and other account handlers are unable to post new material. Twitter, by contrast, has permanently banned Trump from its service and there is no trace of his account there.