"Last month, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook's suspension of former US President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts following his praise for people engaged in violence at the Capitol on January 6", Clegg's statement said. The two-year suspension will be effective from the date it was issued on January 7, Clegg said.
The Oversight Board for Facebook was formed previous year, as a last court of appeal for controversial moderation decisions.
"There are many people who believe it was not appropriate for a private company like Facebook to suspend an outgoing President from its platform, and many others who believe Mr. Trump should have immediately been banned for life", they continued. "Feels pretty unlikely that the zebra's going to change its stripes over the next two years".
The controversial exemption, given to politicians under the auspices of their posts being newsworthy, could end as soon as this week on the leading social network, the news site said. The company will review the ban at the end of this period and will assess whether to reinstate the accounts after consulting with experts.
The company acknowledges that today's decision is going to upset Fox News and OAN and the former president's upsettingly large fanbase.
"Donald Trump and his allies used Facebook to incite an insurrection and attempted coup of the United States Government". Twitter banned Trump permanently from his signature platform in the wake of the riot, while Google-owned YouTube indefinitely suspended him. However, the board ruled it was wrong to make the ban indefinite and called for a "proportionate response". Facebook said that when the suspension is "eventually" lifted, Trump could face a new set of sanctions if he breaks the social network's rules again, ranging from one month to a potential permanent ban depending on severity of offense.
So, now all public figures have to consider the possibility of losing their Facebook microphone for two years if they do something similarly egregious as telling insurrectionists that they "love" them. In a colour-coded chart on its blog post Friday, it said those who violate its policies during this time can be restricted from posting for anywhere between a month (yellow) and two years (red). Facebook said it was implementing 15 of the 19 board recommendations.
The board's recommendations argued that "the same rules should apply to all users", and that any consideration of how newsworthy a global leaders' remarks are "should not take priority when urgent action is needed to prevent significant harm".
The board also recommended Facebook review its role in the election fraud conspiracy that led to the January 6 siege, which Facebook said it would partially implement through its partnership with academics studying the role it played in the 2020 US elections. The board also accused Facebook of trying to "avoid its responsibilities".
Facebook is not required to follow any of the board's policy guidance - unlike the board's directive on Trump's account, which the company said it will regard as mandatory.
The oversight board, which was created as part of Zuckerberg's vision for a "supreme court" for hard content decisions, said it has begun a review of the latest decision on Trump "and will offer further comment once this review is complete".
Trump aide Jason Miller confirmed that the shutdown was a "precursor to him joining another social media platform".