Donald Trump has been permanently banned for life from Facebook as several posts he made over the Capitol riots supported people to “engage in violence.”
On Wednesday the Facebook content Oversight Board announced their ruling and decided that when Trump was President of the USA his posts “created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.”
The Facebook board said, “The Board found that the two posts by Mr. Trump on January 6 severely violated Facebook’s Community Standards and Instagram’s Community Guidelines. ‘We love you. You’re very special’ in his first post and then went on to write “great patriots” and “remember this day forever.”
Trump had “violated Facebook’s rules prohibiting praise or support of people engaged in violence.”
Trump appeared to praise the actions of the rioters who also killed a police officer and four others and stormed into the Capitol on 6 January.
Facboook’s Oversight Board said that the violence which was seen in the Capitol, appeared to praise “threatened the constitunional process.”
Facebook placed a 24-hour ban on Trump at the time of the riots and his actions were presented to the Oversight Board.
The Oversight Board who are a regulator said of Trump’s Facebook posts, “there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions.”
They added, “Given the seriousness of the violations and the ongoing risk of violence, Facebook was justified in suspending Mr Trump’s accounts on January 6 and extending that suspension on January 7.”
The Oversight Board said that Trump had “seriously violated” Facebook’s guidelines with his posts as rioters stormed the Capitol.
In the first post the then President Trump wrote, “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.
“It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order.
“We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time.
“There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us, from me, from you, from our country.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home.
“We love you. You’re very special.
“You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
The second Facebook post was made as the riots turned extremely violent and MAGA fans broke into the Capitol building.
Pipe bombs were found and hundreds of armed Trump supporters rallied around the Capitol.
Trump’s statement said, ‘Remember this day forever!”