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Donald Trump has appeared to drop his strongest hint yet at another presidential run in 2024, responding to news of his two-year ban from Facebook on Friday by saying he would not invite Mark Zuckerberg to dinner “next time I’m in the White House”. Trump’s statement read: “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”. Trump has a history of using public statements to troll his opponents and a long record of lies and exaggerations and promoting baseless conspiracy theories. Nick Clegg, the former British deputy prime minister who is now Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs, announced the social media website’s ban on Trump until 2023. It follows the recommendation of Facebook’s oversight board. Amid striking polling about support for his lies among Republican voters, Trump still dominates polls of possible contenders for the party’s nomination in 2024. Trump appears to be convincing himself the election was stolen and that some mechanism exists by which he might be reinstated, a belief apparently stoked by Mike Lindell, the chief executive of MyPillow and a hardline Trump supporter – Donald Trump responds to Facebook ban by hinting at return to White House (The Guardian UK edition)
Facebook announced Friday that it would maintain its suspension of former President Donald Trump’s participation in the social media site for two years – until January 2023 – but said he could return if he stopped committing ‘violations’. The decision came after the company’s Oversight Board announced in January that it had suspended Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, but had failed to provide an end-date. 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. Facebook’s Oversight Board has revealed that the social media giant refused to answer seven of its 46 questions over the Trump ban, including some about what role it played in the January 6 riot and if advertisers could still target Trump’s followers after he was banned. Years before he banned Trump from his sites, Zuckerberg went to the White House for dinner as part of an effort to work with government and not against it – ‘No dinners with Zuckerberg next time I am in the White House’: Trump calls Facebook’s two-year ban an ‘insult to the 75M people who voted for us’ and gives strongest hint yet he WILL run again in 2024 (Mail Online News)
Facebook is suspending Donald Trump’s account for two years, the company has announced in a highly anticipated decision that follows months of debate over the former president’s future on social media. At the end of the suspension period, Facebook said, it would work with experts to assess the risk to public safety posed by reinstating Trump’s account. Friday’s decision comes just weeks after input from the Facebook oversight board – an independent advisory committee of academics, media figures and former politicians – who recommended in early May that Trump’s account not be reinstated. The board said that Facebook’s “indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension” for Trump was “not appropriate”, criticism that Clegg wrote the company “absolutely accept[s]”. The company suspended Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts over posts in which he appeared to praise the actions of the rioters, saying that his actions posed too great a risk to remain on the platform – Facebook to suspend Trump’s account for two years (The Guardian UK edition News)
In response to the news on Friday, Mr Trump said he would not invite Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to dinner “next time I’m in the White House”. In a statement, Mr Trump said: “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”. Mr Trump said Facebook’s suspension was “an insult” to the millions who voted for him in last year’s election. In a statement, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs Nick Clegg said Mr Trump’s ban was effective from January 7 when the platform initially suspended his accounts. The statement added that Mr Trump will be held to “a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions” for any violations – Trump’s dig at Zuckerberg after two-year Facebook ban – ‘Next time I’m in the White House’ (Express World)
Donald Trump has been suspended from Facebook until at least January 2023 after he “praised people” who took part in violence during the US Capitol riot. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said it would be working with experts to determine if this was the case with Mr Trump, and would evaluate factors including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. The technology company’s independent oversight board had in May upheld Facebook’s block on Mr Trump, which followed the unrest in Washington DC on 6 January. Mr Trump’s suspension was the first time Facebook had blocked a current president, prime minister or head of state. “In establishing the two year sanction for severe violations, we considered the need for it to be long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, to be significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, and to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself.” – Donald Trump hits out after Facebook suspends him for two years over civil unrest fears – ‘ruling is an insult’ (Sky News US)
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