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Facebook says Trump can’t switch back to Shitposting yet
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIFacebook’s supervisory board has ruled that Donald Trump will not be allowed to return to the platform – for now. In its Wednesday morning announcement, the board confirmed Facebook’s decision to ban Trump’s account the next day. of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, but said it was “not appropriate” to suspend the former president’s account indefinitely. He ordered Facebook to review Trump’s ban within six months of his decision to determine “a proportionate response.” In other words, Trump isn’t coming back to Facebook anytime soon. But that could be a different issue at the time of the next election. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote on Twitter minutes after the decision was released: “We will now consider the advice of the board and develop a response that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s accounts remain on hold. The decision sharply criticized Facebook’s decision-makers, saying they punished Trump with a “vague and standard sentence,” and then tried to pass the buck to the Supervisory Board. The ruling said, “Facebook is not permitted to keep a user off the platform for an indefinite period, without any criteria as to when or if the account will be restored.” However, he also said that Trump’s January 6 posts “severely violated” Facebook’s rules, and that “the clear and immediate risk of harm and his words of support to those involved in the riots” meant that “Facebook was justified in suspending Mr. Trump’s accounts “a day later. January 7 in a blog post by Managing Director Mark Zuckerberg.” The risks of allowing the President to continue using our service during this period are simply too great ” Zuckerberg wrote at the time, after Trump’s praise of the rioters on Capitol Hill as “very special” people and “great patriots.” Decisions by Twitter, Facebook and Google to delete Trump’s accounts as a result of its inflammatory rhetoric, the united front of social media companies quickly weakened. Just days after the ban, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey defended the decision of the company to delete Trump’s account. , but called it “a precedent that seems dangerous to me.” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Reuters in March the company would restore Trump’s account “when we see law enforcement curtailed in US capitals.” It’s not clear if Trump would even be desperate to come back to Facebook. Prior to the ban, Trump often treated the site as an afterthought, posting first and most often to his Twitter account while his Facebook account was left to echo and accentuate content often posted elsewhere first. announced that he had launched his own platform – a blog with short statements from Trump on his personal website. Facebook’s Supervisory Board was first announced in 2018. It is designed to provide brakes and independent checks and balances on the company’s ability to regulate speech, according to Facebook. Critics see it as a way for the company to abstract and legitimize Facebook’s scale power. The board of directors is made up of 20 members of various nationalities. Under its charter, it has the final say on whether Facebook’s moderation decisions should be upheld or reversed. Zuckerberg, or any other official, must abide by their decisions. In its brief history, the board of directors has most often used its authority to overturn Facebook decisions in favor of free speech. Prior to the Trump decision, the board reviewed nine Facebook moderation decisions and overturned seven decisions by the company to remove or otherwise limit content. , the NAACP issued a statement warning that any withdrawal of Trump’s ban. account would pose a threat to public safety. “Donald Trump is one of the greatest threats to American democracy in modern history. We pushed Facebook’s Supervisory Board to do what is right to protect the people and the country the former president was putting at risk, ”the organization said in a statement. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.