Trump’s Facebook Ban Should Not Be Lifted, Network Supervisory Board Rules | Facebook
Donald Trump’s Facebook account is not expected to be reinstated, the social media giant’s supervisory board said on Wednesday, unless an imminent return to the platform.
However, the board returned the final decision on Trump’s account to Facebook itself, suggesting that the platform make a decision in six months on what to do with Trump’s account and what to do with Trump’s account. it will be permanently deleted.
Facebook suspended Trump’s account after the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill, when a crowd of Trump supporters stormed Congress in an attempt to undo the former president’s defeat to Joe Biden in the the 2020 presidential election.
Trump was initially suspended from Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, following two posts shared on the platform in which he appeared to praise the actions of the rioters. The company then extended the president’s ban “at least until the end of his term.”
His account has been suspended indefinitely pending the decision of the Supervisory Board, a group of appointed academics and former politicians who are supposed to function independently of the management of the Facebook company.
However, the board assigned the ultimate responsibility to the social media company, rather than the former president. He said Facebook failed to impose appropriate sanctions on Trump for violating his policies.
Facebook typically removes non-compliant content from an account, imposing a time-limited suspension period, or permanently deactivating the page and the account. Trump’s account remains on Facebook with a number of older posts still live.
“It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indefinite sentence with no standard of indefinite suspension,” the supervisory board said in a statement. “The Council urges Facebook to examine this issue to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.”
The board defines its mission as “to promote free expression by making independent, principled decisions about content on Facebook and Instagram and making recommendations on Facebook corporate content policy.”
Members include Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark; Jamal Greene, professor of law at Columbia; Yemen Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman; and Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian.
But critics said Facebook should have made its own decisions rather than using the body. They also argued that the board is “designed and funded by Facebook”, questioning its full independence.
In February, a group of academics, advocates and activists calling themselves Facebook’s real supervisory board said, “Real oversight must be combined with other much-needed reforms: laws that change financial incentives for big tech, heavy regulation, and consideration for algorithms that ravage democratic society.”
Activists pushed for Trump’s suspension to be made permanent, stressing the importance of the platform to the former president in getting his message out.
In February, Change the Terms, a coalition of more than 60 human rights groups, said: “The council must recognize that Trump’s social media presence has made not only Facebook users, but the whole world less sure.
In the wake of the Capitol Riot, Trump was suspended from several major tech platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. Twitter has since made its ban permanent. CEO of YouTube mentionned in March, this platform would lift its suspension when the risk of violence decreases.
Five people, including a police officer, died as a direct result of the attack on the Capitol and more than 400 people have been charged in this regard.
In a speech outside the White House ahead of the January 6 riot, Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell” to advance his lie that his defeat was the product of massive electoral fraud, a claim that repeatedly laughed out of court. Democrats in Congress impeached Trump for inciting an insurgency. He was acquitted when only seven Republicans voted with Democrats to convict.
Biden was inaugurated on January 20. Trump has spent most of the time since then at his resort town of Mar-a-Lago, Florida. He retains a grip on the Republican Party, leading polls for potential presidential candidates in 2024.
In March, a spokesperson for Trump said the former president would soon be creating his own social media platform.