On January 7, 2023, former President Donald Trump
may return to Facebook
Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, announced Friday that the company has lifted its “indefinite” ban on Trump, which was imposed after he used the platform to spread false claims of election fraud
and incite the Jan. 6 insurgency at the United States Capitol
Facebook has replaced it with a two-year conditional ban.
If Facebook finds Trump fit to return to the platform at the end of his ban, he will be back in time for the 2024 presidential election primaries; however, if “there is still a serious risk to public safety” at that time, Trump’s ban will be extended again, then reevaluated.
Clegg said only that the decision would be based on "external factors, such as instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other markers of civil unrest."
If Trump's account is reinstated and he fails to meet the most basic requirement of not posing a threat to public safety, Facebook says he will face "rapidly escalating sanctions
," including a potential permanent ban.