Donald Trump Facebook ban officially upheld

Donald Trump Facebook ban officially upheld

DONALD TRUMP'S hopes of returning to Facebook have been dashed after the social media company decided not to remove his ban.

A Facebook independent oversight board came to the decision to keep the former president stripped of his social media privileges, following his ban in the wake of the Capitol riots in January.

Although, unlike with Twitter - who have banned him permanently - Mr Trump will have another opportunity to have his Facebook account reinstated.

As per the decision of the oversight board, Facebook must review the ban within the next six months, and decide once and for all if it will be made permanent or not.

Trump's account was suspended indefinitely four months ago over fears he could stir further violence and unrest following the storming of the Capitol.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed Congress in an attempt to prevent the house from certifying Joe Biden's election victory.

At the time, Trump did very little, if anything, to condemn or discourage the violence - which left five people, including one police officer, dead.

"We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the time.

Earlier this week, Trump launched a new blog-type website, in order to get around his social media ban which has seen him stripped of his Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube accounts.

Users cannot interact directly with Trump on the webpage, however, they can repost statements made on the site to Facebook and Twitter.

The site,, was launched with a glossy promotional video featuring Trump’s new home in Mar-a-Lago.