Facebook suspends Donald Trump until January 2023

Facebook suspends Donald Trump until January 2023

FACEBOOK has suspended Donald Trump's account for two years following a private review.

In an announcement on Friday, the company said it would be maintaining Trump's suspension - which began in January this year - until January 2023.

Facebook added that it would permanently remove Mr Trump's account if he "commits further violations" of its policies in the future.

"Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to 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," a company statement read.

"We are suspending his account for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year."

The company added that it deemed it a "serious risk to public safety" if Trump will allowed back on.

What this means is Trump's account will remain suspended through the 2022 off-year elections where he'll no doubt play a significant role, particularly if he plans on running for president again.

The former president had his account suspended in the wake of the Capitol riots in which a number of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory.

Trump was booted off all major social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for his perceived role in inciting the riot, which saw five people killed including one police officer.

Last month, an independent oversight board decided to uphold the ban on Trump's account, but said that they would leave a more concrete decision to the company itself at a later date.