Facebook VP: Trump’s Two-Year Suspension Is ‘Justified’

A male opens the Facebook page on his computer system in Abuja, Nigeria, March 19, 2020. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters)

Facebook’s vice president of worldwide affairs, Nick Clegg, on Sunday protected the platform’s choice to keep previous President Donald Trump’s suspension up until January 2023, stating the relocation was “justified.”

“We understand that making a decision like this is controversial, it’s shouted out, if you like, from both sides, from those people who feel that Donald Trump should be back on the platform immediately and from those who say he should be banned forever. It receives criticism from all sides,” Clegg stated throughout a look on ABC’s Today.

Facebook revealed on Friday that it would support its restriction versus Trump — enforced soon after the January 6 Capitol riot — for 2 years, at which point it will re-evaluate whether bring back Trump’s account postures a “risk to public safety.”

On Sunday, Clegg declared the choice was not based upon taking a political side which the business intended to act “in a way that’s fair, transparent, proportionate in line with our rules and, crucially, is responsive to the comments and criticism that Facebook received when we first suspended Donald Trump from Facebook.”

On January 7, one day after the Capitol riot, the business kicked Trump off of Facebook and Instagram, which it owns. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated at the time that Trump was suspended for utilizing the platform “to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.” The threat of leaving him on Facebook, Zuckerberg stated then, was “simply too great.”

Trump had a combined 56 million fans throughout Facebook and Instagram when he was prohibited.

Clegg kept in mind that the independent Oversight Board concluded that Facebook was best to suspend Trump however shouldn’t do so in an “indefinite way.”

“We’ve now laid out those penalties and explained why we think in this particular case, the most severe penalty is justified,” Clegg stated.

Asked whether Trump’s lies about the election being taken from him — a mistruth that Trump has actually continued to market as just recently as Saturday — would likewise validate his suspension from the platform, Clegg stated the business will not police all speech.

“I don’t think anybody wants a private company like Facebook to be vetting everything that people say on social media for its precise accuracy and then booting people off the platform if what they say is inaccurate,” Clegg stated. “We can explain to users that independent fact checkers might find something to be inaccurate. I don’t think they want Facebook to be a sort of truth police.”

Facebook’s choice marked a shift in the business’s guidelines, which had for several years taken a hands-off technique to political speech and had mostly excused political leaders from its policies on appropriate speech.

Less than 2 years earlier, Facebook presented a policy that stated that speech from political leaders was relevant and must not be policed.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.