We know that it is incredibly easy to get dinged by Facebook. The reasons why are often capricious and mysterious. They must be in an ancient dead language known only to 12 people, though. The company understands its own rules, because the second opinion agrees with the first. But disagree with their decision to hack back your audience, knock you off a day or 30, and we could end up on the edge of being totally banned. Forever and ever, Amen. Then, there is Donald Trump.
He is permanently banned from Twitter. The day after January 6, Facebook banned him, too. But not permanently. And it took a serious, violent attempt to blow up our national democracy with a weaponized mob to get the big platforms to finally say enough — for now.
The Oversight Board ruled Wednesday to uphold Facebook’s decision to suspend Trump from the mega-company’s platform.
Facebook’s Trump ban was temporary. The organization outsourced the decision to a 20-person board. We heaved a sigh of relief when it came out for banning the ex. That panel even criticized Facebook, although it has about as many teeth as a chicken, a real chicken that is.
Shortly after the verdict came out, somebody was having a great big, red-faced, on the grocery store floor, kicking and screaming tantrum. ABC News reported:
‘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.’
Trump said in a statement just hours after the decision was announced by Facebook’s Oversight Board in a statement:
‘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.’
The Daily Beast wrote:
‘The Board found that, in maintaining an unfounded narrative of electoral fraud and persistent calls to action, Mr. Trump created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.’
The oversight panel said an indefinite suspension was not appropriate. Instead, it requested Facebook review the decision again in six months. In addition, it requested Facebook after its review develop a response:
‘[P]roportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.’
Facebook executive Nick Clegg wrote in a blog that the ex-president’s account would stay suspended. The corporation would then:
‘([C]onsider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime.’
Being excluded from Twitter shuts down Trump’s incessant tweets. But as important, he also used Facebook to raise money and spread whatever he decided to say from his alternative reality.
The attack on the Capitol Building resulted in five deaths and 140 wounded police. Now, Trump is reduced to issuing statements such as the one he sent about Facebook Wednesday.
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