Facebook made it clear that a zero-tolerance policy will be followed with regards to violating content standards, no exceptions will be made, not even for the former president of the United States.
It was decided that Facebook’s court-like Oversight Board that the social network can keep blocking former President Trump from using its platform, affirming the company’s decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots.
This is all starts with The Oversight Board, an independent entity for appealing content decisions on Facebook-owned platforms, which is made up of 20 experts in areas like free expression, human rights, and journalism. Made the unpopular decision to ban the President from using the platform on the 7th of January 2021, confirming after the reviewing that the ban will be extended advising Facebook to review the decision.
In case you missed the reasoning behind the initial ban laid out in January, this is how it played out. A day after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn the 2020 election results. Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.” Twitter and Youtube took similar steps, citing an ongoing risk of violence and incitement. An evident action displaying how media platforms won’t allow “freedom of speech” to be rated as an excuse to incite and advocate for violence.
A lot of “big thinkers had a lot to say about the board, including Facebook’s decision on the subject:
A lot of critics said Zuckerberg favoured Trump due to his previous interactions with the former president, but Zuckerberg had other impressions, saying: “ The president used his Facebook page to condone rather than to condemn the action of his supporters at the Capitol building and hat allowing him to freely post in the final 13 days of his term would pose too great a risk.
We currently learnt that the former president recently launched a webpage, www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk, which allows supporters to share the statements Trump has been emailing to the press on their social media platforms, where he confirmed that he will be running for president again.