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In Response to lớn Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit
Last month, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook và Instagram accounts following his praise for people engaged in violence at the Capitol on January 6. But in doing so, the board criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, stating that “it was not appropriate for Facebook lớn impose the indeterminate & standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.” The board instructed us to reviews the decision và respond in a way that is clear và proportionate, and made a number of recommendations on how to improve our policies and processes.

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We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, & we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to lớn Mr. Trump’s accounts. Given the gravity of the circumstances that led khổng lồ 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 this year.

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At the kết thúc of this period, we will look lớn experts to lớn assess whether the risk khổng lồ public safety has receded. We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly và other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk lớn public safety, we will extend the restriction for a phối period of time and continue khổng lồ re-evaluate until that risk has receded.

When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict phối of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to và including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.

In establishing the two year sanction for severe violations, we considered the need for it khổng lồ be long enough to lớn allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, lớn be significant enough lớn be a deterrent to lớn Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, & to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself.

We are grateful that the Oversight Board acknowledged that our original decision to suspend Mr. Trump was right & necessary, in the exceptional circumstances at the time. But we absolutely accept that we did not have enforcement protocols in place adequate to lớn respond khổng lồ such unusual events. Now that we have them, we hope and expect they will only be applicable in the rarest circumstances.

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We know that any penalty we apply — or choose not lớn apply — will be controversial. There are many people who believe it was not appropriate for a private company like Facebook to lớn suspend an outgoing President from its platform, & many others who believe Mr. Trump should have immediately been banned for life. We know today’s decision will be criticized by many people on opposing sides of the political divide — but our job is khổng lồ make a decision in as proportionate, fair & transparent a way as possible, in keeping with the instruction given to us by the Oversight Board.

Of course, this penalty only applies khổng lồ our services — Mr. Trump is và will remain không lấy phí to express himself publicly via other means. Our approach reflects the way we try to balance the values of free expression and safety on our services, for all users, as enshrined in our Community Standards. Other social media companies have taken different approaches — either banning Mr. Trump from their services permanently or confirming that he will be miễn phí to resume use of their services when conditions allow.

Accountability và Transparency

The Oversight Board’s decision is accountability in action. It is a significant check on Facebook’s power, and an authoritative way of publicly holding the company to account for its decisions. It was established as an independent body toàn thân to make binding judgments on some of the most difficult content decisions Facebook makes, và to offer recommendations on how we can improve our policies. As today’s announcements demonstrate, we take its recommendations seriously and they can have a significant impact on the composition & enforcement of Facebook’s policies.

Its response to this case confirms our view that Facebook shouldn’t be making so many decisions anphukhanganchau.vn nội dung by ourselves. In the absence of frameworks agreed upon by democratically accountable lawmakers, the board’s mã sản phẩm of independent và thoughtful deliberation is a strong one that ensures important decisions are made in as transparent và judicious a manner as possible. The Oversight Board is not a replacement for regulation, và we continue to gọi for thoughtful regulation in this space.

We are also committing lớn being more transparent anphukhanganchau.vn the decisions we make and how they impact our users. As well as our updated enforcement protocols, we are also publishing our strike system, so that people know what actions our systems will take if they violate our policies. And earlier this year, we launched a feature called ‘account status’, so people can see when content was removed, why, and what the penalty was. 

In response to lớn a recommendation by the Oversight Board, we are also providing more information in our Transparency Center anphukhanganchau.vn our newsworthiness allowance và how we apply it. We allow certain content that is newsworthy or important khổng lồ the public interest lớn remain on our platform — even if it might otherwise violate our Community Standards. We may also limit other enforcement consequences, such as demotions, when it is in the public interest to bởi so. When making these determinations, however, we will remove nội dung if the risk of harm outweighs the public interest.

We grant our newsworthiness allowance lớn a small number of posts on our platform. Moving forward, we will begin publishing the rare instances when we apply it. Finally, when we assess nội dung for newsworthiness, we will not treat content posted by politicians any differently from nội dung posted by anyone else. Instead, we will simply apply our newsworthiness balancing thử nghiệm in the same way lớn all content, measuring whether the public interest value of the content outweighs the potential risk of harm by leaving it up. 

Along with these changes, we have also taken substantial steps to respond khổng lồ the other policy recommendations the board included in their decision. Out of the board’s 19 recommendations, we are committed lớn fully implementing 15. We are implementing one recommendation in part, still assessing two recommendations, & taking no further kích hoạt on one recommendation. Our full responses are available here.