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Social media companies decided to silence President Trump after the January 6 incident at the Capitol, where peaceful protesters trespassed on the property. One woman was shot in cold blood by a cop, yet the media portrayed protesters as terrorists. President Trump spoke out, asking everyone to continue to be peaceful and to go home. Social media companies responded by banning the President and supporters, and those who refused to do so (like Parler) were shut down. But if you thought Trump would still be gone from social media for the 2024 election, Facebook says you’re wrong.

The social media giant says that President Trump’s unjust suspension will last until January 27, 2023. This means that he will be around, unless they change their minds, to tell Americans the truth. Now, this is not set in stone. The company says it will review expert opinion on whether President Trump’s presence on the platforms poses a “serious risk to public safety.”

Facebook’s Oversight Board recently concluded that  “it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension” according to a statement from the company, which announces the tentative end date to Trump’s ban:

We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts. 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. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.

At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.

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

“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,” Facebook says.

Let’s be clear: President Trump should not have been banned at all. But the Oversight Board did the right thing in forcing the company to actually declare an end date to the ban.

In January, social media companies overreacted to the Capitol protests that took place as Americans stood in opposition to a stolen and likely fraudulent election. President Trump tried to calm the crowds, but patriots who care about election integrity peacefully trespassed on Capitol grounds. One unarmed woman, a veteran, lost her life as she was gunned down by Capitol police. Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter decided that Trump was at fault and banned him.

President Trump is, of course, blameless. He urged protesters to calm down and go home, yet was demonized by the leftist media and Democrats. Social media companies responded by banning President Trump’s accounts, going to far as to also ban conservatives who published videos of the President or even quoted him. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others all decided that their platforms were to be Trump (and truth)-free zones.

While Democrats would have you believe that these companies are following the will of Americans, when you remove them from the equation, Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of silencing President Trump. An Internet Accountability Project poll found that an astounding 97 percent of Independents and Republicans say Facebook and Instagram should not have banned the President.

Nearly 96 percent believe that President Trump’s accounts should be reinstated.

Democrats and the media want you to believe that President Trump is a horrible terrorist leader and conservatives are his army. But Americans who aren’t brainwashed don’t believe it. Social media companies must be pressured to reinstate not just President Trump’s account, but all conservatives who have been unfairly silenced to appease leftists. Free speech means nothing if private companies can censor it.

President Trump isn’t taking his ban from Facebook and Instagram lying down. Following the January 6 protest that got a little out of hand, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms banned President Trump because he was blamed as the instigator of what leftists call a terrorist attack. The President’s accounts were shut down following his attempt to calm the crowd and get them to go home. But if you hear Facebook or other social media sited describe it, President Trump is a menace.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said after banning the President, who told protesters to “go home” and that “we have to have peace.” President Trump says he has filed an appeal with Facebook’s Review Board:

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is a co-chair of the oversight board, told UK’s Channel 4 News that they are currently looking into the appeal concerning Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The board was set up to be an independent group to hear users’ appeals and is comprised of 19 former politicians, journalists, and academics.

“It’s a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place,” Thorning-Schmidt said.

In a statement to The Epoch Times, the board confirmed that “a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”

“We will have no further comment concerning that statement until the Board has issued its decision,” they added.

The Board has 90 days to review the appeal. Though President Trump used Twitter heavily during his tenure, he says that he has no intention of returning to the bird app.

“It’s become very boring. We don’t want to go back to Twitter,” President Trump told Newsmax’s Greg Kelly Wednesday. “I’ll tell you, it’s not the same. If you look at what’s going on with Twitter, I understand that it’s become very boring and millions of people are leaving.”

“We were being really harassed on Twitter. They were putting up all sorts of flags. They were flagging almost anything you see, everything I was saying was being flagged,” Trump says. “It’s just disgraceful.”

It’s unclear whether President Trump’s appeal will succeed, but it will be good to see him come back, if Facebook decides to do the right thing.