Facebook suspends Trump for at least 2 years

Facebook has suspended former US President Donald Trump for at least two years over the Capitol Hill riot in January.

The move comes after Facebook suspended Trump's account on January 7 -- the day after the deadly attack on the US Congress building. The social media company determined Trump had incited violence.

In a statement issued on Friday, Facebook said that it is suspending Trump's account for two years until January 2023, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7.

Facebook also said that at the end of this period, the company will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.

The company said that if it determines that there is still a serious risk, it will extend the restriction for a set period of time.

It also said that when the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Trump commits further violations, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.

The company said it had considered two years will be long enough to be a deterrent to the former president from committing such severe violations in the future.

The latest development follows the conclusion reached by the company's Oversight Board in May that Facebook's original decision in January to suspend Trump was right and necessary.

The board also criticized Facebook for the open-ended nature of the suspension, stating that "it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension".

Trump issued a statement in response to the two-year ban from Facebook.

He called Facebook's decision "an insult to those who voted him in the rigged presidential election." He said, Facebook "shouldn't be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing."

Twitter suspended Trump's account permanently following the insurrection at the Capitol.