Former President Donald Trump
reacted angrily Friday after Facebook
announced that he would be banned from its platforms for the next two years.
Trump was kicked off Facebook for “his praise for people
engaged in violence at the Capitol on January 6
,” Facebook said in a statement Friday. Five people were killed in the Capitol violence, and more than 140 US Capitol Police
officers were injured. Trump was also barred from Twitter
following the attack
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-breaking 75 million people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election
,” Trump said in a statement on Friday. “They should not be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse any longer!”
Trump also hinted at a presidential run in 2024 in another statement.
“At his request, there will be no more dinners with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife the next time I’m in the White House
,” he said, adding, “It will be all business
Though a Facebook oversight committee initially barred the former president indefinitely, a decision on Friday to suspend him for only two years may result in Trump's return to the social media
platform just in time for the 2024 presidential election.
Facebook, on the other hand, stated that Trump's possible return is conditional.
“At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” said Nick Clegg
, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, in a statement. “We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will take action,” he added.
According to Clegg, if Trump commits "further violations" in the future, his accounts and pages may be permanently deleted.