Facebook Oversight Board to Decide on Permanent Trump Ban Wednesday

Facebook Oversight Board to Decide on Permanent Trump Ban Wednesday
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Facebook’s advisory board is set to decide whether to permanently ban former President Donald Trump from the popular social media platform.

From Fox Business:

The board in January accepted a case referral from Facebook to examine the ban, as well as to provide policy recommendations on suspensions when the user is a political leader.

Facebook moved to block Trump “indefinitely” after the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that they “believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

Facebook and Instagram were not the only social networks to ban Trump in the wake of the riot, with Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube also moving to institute some form of indefinite ban.

But Facebook has perhaps been the most strict with its ban, moving to delete and limit content not just from the former president himself, but content posted by other accounts “in the voice” of Trump:

Last month, Facebook removed a video of an interview with Trump conducted by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, saying any content “in the voice of Donald Trump” would be scrubbed from the social media platform.

The strict measures have caused Trump to consider launching a social media platform of his own, with one advisor promising the former president would “have his voice back one way or another”:

But amid his indefinite suspension from social media, Trump allies have told Fox News that the former president plans to start a platform of his own.

“We’re moving forward,” one source said last month. “And President Trump will have his voice back one way or another.”

“It’s not good what’s going on. They are trying to completely silence us,” the source continued.

The source added: “It’s not going to work out all too well though, because we’re firing away and starting up our own stuff right now.”

How Facebook decides to proceed could hint at how other platform approach allowing Trump back on their platforms. The issue would take center stage in the event Trump makes another bid for the White House, possibly putting the companies in the position of silencing a major political party’s candidate for president.

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