By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 6-4-21

Facebook will extend its ban of former President Donald Trump past the midterm elections, coming up with a two-year penalty but with the threat of a permanent ban still on the table.

The company’s oversight board had already upheld the suspension of Trump accounts on Facebook and co-owned on Instagram after he praised the Capitol rioters, but criticized the fact that it was open ended, saying an indefinite and standardless penalty was not appropriate.

Facebook said that given the gravity of the circumstances leading to the penalty – an attempted insurrection tied to Trump’s baseless claims of massive election fraud – it believed the offense merited the highest penalty under its new, time–bounded “enforcement protocols,” which in this case is for two years effective from the initial Jan. 7 suspension.  » Read More