Donald Trump’s Facebook Ban Upheld By Oversight Board, He Reacts: It’s A Total Disgrace & Embarrassment To Our Country
Update #2 (May 5, 12:39 pm): Donald Trump has responded to Facebook’s decision. He said in a statement via email:
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before.”
“The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”
Original Story: Donald Trump may still be banned from Facebook and Instagram, but Facebook’s Oversight Board has stepped in to consider whether or not an indefinite ban is appropriate.
Donald Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram for inciting violence at the Capitol earlier this year. Speaking on Facebook’s decision, Mark Zuckerberg stated:
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden. His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”
However, Facebook’s Oversight Board–sometimes referred to as “Facebook Inc.’s Supreme Court”–has determined that Trump‘s indefinite ban needs to be reviewed. While they upheld the platform’s suspension of his account, the board gave Facebook six months to come up with a “proportionate response” to the matter at hand.
Speaking on the subject, Michael McConnell of the board, claimed:
“Indefinite penalties of this sort, do not pass the international or American smell test for clarity, consistency, and transparency.”
Basically, Facebook’s Oversight Board is claiming that the indefinite suspension of Donald Trump doesn’t align with the company’s standards.
In response, Nick Chegg (Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communication) stated:
“We will now consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s accounts remain suspended.”
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