Facebook Oversight Board Member Criticizes Indefinite Trump Ban
Last week, Facebook’s oversight board decided to keep former President Donald Trump banned from the platform, repeating the dubious claim that “Trump’s posts during the Capitol riot severely violated Facebook’s rules and encouraged and legitimized violence” as their justification.
There was never much expectation for a “fair trial” here. Among the members of the oversight board includes six individuals linked to organizations funded by George Soros, former aides to Kamala Harris, and Obama administration alumni.
However, one of the Board’s co-chairs spoke out yesterday on Fox News Sunday, telling host Chris Wallace that Facebook was being arbitrary and inconsistent in the application of their own guidelines.
As reported by the Post Millennial:
McConnell is a former federal judge and is one of the four co-chairs of the international Oversight Board for Facebook.
McConnell made it clear that the initial ban on Trump’s account was acceptable, in his opinion. He, however, took issue with the ban later becoming permanent, commenting the following: “Mr. Trump is subject to the same rules on Facebook as everyone else, and the Oversight Board held that this was in fact a violation and thus Facebook was justified in taking them down. “
He continued: “What we did say, though, was that they were not justified in taking him down indefinitely, that they did not provide any reasons for that, that is not a provision in their rules. That was wrong. What we are trying to do is bring some of the most important principles of the First Amendment, of free expression law globally, into this operation. Facebook exercises too much power. They are arbitrary. They are inconsistent. And it is the job of the Oversight Board to try to bring some discipline to that process. We gave them a certain amount of time to get their house in order. They needed some time because their rules are a shambles. They are not transparent. They are unclear. They are internally inconsistent. So we made a series of recommendations about how to make their rules clearer and more consistent.”
Trump has since launched his own communications platform “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” to sent out messages to the public. The Twitter account made to accompany the website has already been banned.
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