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Poll: 51 percent of Americans support Trump's Facebook ban

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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A majority of people in the United States surveyed in a new poll have said they support a recent decision by Facebook to suspend former President Donald Trump's account for two years. 

About 51 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat support Facebook’s action against Trump over his praise of protesters who stormed the Capitol earlier this, according to the Politico/Morning Consult poll published on Monday. 

Facebook announced on Friday that Trump would be suspended for two years, until January 7, 2023. After that date, the platform said it will evaluate whether the "risk to public safety" of restoring Trump's account has abated.

Trump will be subject to a "strict" set of restrictions for future policy violations if the suspension is lifted, Facebook added.

“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,” Facebook's vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said in a blog post.

Some 71 percent of the people surveyed in the poll said they had heard "a lot” or “some” about Trump’s suspension from the social media platform. 

While 86 percent of Democrats said they support the social media company's decision, only 15 percent of Republicans said they were in favor of the suspension.  

About 46 percent of independents said they support the ban on Trump's account, while 40 percent opposed it.

Trump last week called the decision to ban him for two more years "an insult" to Americans who voted for him while reiterating that the 2020 presidential election was "rigged."

“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!” Trump said in the statement released by his Save America PAC.

“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election,” he added.

Facebook, which is headquartered in California, the United States, suspended Trump's account following the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, which left at least five people dead, including a Capitol police officer.

Twitter and YouTube followed the suit, citing further risk of violence and incitement by the Republican president.

The unprecedented decision was later referred to the Facebook Oversight Board, an independent body vested with power to reverse Facebook content decisions and set precedent for the company.


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