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Facebook Upholds Its Decision To Ban Donald Trump

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Facebook Upholds Its Decision To Ban Donald Trump

Facebook's Oversight Board has upheld its decision to ban Donald Trump from its platform.

The ex-President was booted from Facebook and Instagram, as well as a whole host of other social media sites, following the Capitol insurrection in January.

They believed he was a threat to public safety and were concerned he would continue to incite his followers into committing violence.

Several months down the track, the Oversight Board believes that decision was justified and the former leader will continue to be blocked from reigniting his account.

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However, the Board says it's not appropriate to keep Trump banned indefinitely and called it an 'indeterminate and standardless penalty'.

It has suggested Facebook 'review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform'.

It will have six months to come back with an answer.

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Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said in a blog post they are happy to see the ban upheld by their Oversight Board.

"As we stated in January, we believe our decision was necessary and right, and we're pleased the board has recognized that the unprecedented circumstances justified the exceptional measure we took," he wrote.

"We will now consider the board's decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime, Mr. Trump's accounts remain suspended."

Donald Trump has unsurprisingly lashed out at the social media company for the move.

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"What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country," Trump said in a statement.

"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before. The People of our Country will not stand for it!

"These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process."

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Trump has since launched a new communications platform that effectively gets around his Facebook ban.

From the Desk of Donald J. Trump is effectively a blog that allows subscribers to share his posts on their personal Facebook pages, meaning he can still get his daily messages out to the masses.

It's unclear whether Facebook will block users from sharing the posts.

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Topics: News, Social Media, US News, Facebook, Donald Trump

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