Facebook Mandarins' To Decide On Trump Ban On Wednesday

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President of the United States Donald J. Trump
President of the United States Donald J. Trump (2017-2021)

 

The wisemen group said it would decide this week whether to reverse or maintain the company’s ban against former President Donald Trump.

The board, which has responsibility for content enforcement and governance on Facebook’s platforms, said in a Twitter post that it would make its decision public around 9 a.m. Wednesday. If the board affirms the earlier ban but decides Mr. Trump’s access ought to be restored, it will be up to Facebook to determine how or when to permit his return.

Mr. Trump was suspended from Facebook on Jan. 6 after the riot at the U.S. Capitol, and several other tech platforms did likewise including prominent companies such as Twitter, which has enacted a permanent suspension against the former president, and Google-owned YouTube.

The powerful interest groups have influenced the social networks for a considerable time forcing them to censor the statements contradictory to their policies.


The business which entirely depends on the profit from the ads can be easily scared by the threat of mass boycotts from the social terror groups.

Facebook’s decision Wednesday could affect the timing of other companies’ decisions about whether to follow Twitter’s approach to permanently banning Mr. Trump or YouTube’s pledge to reverse its ban online. YouTube CEO Ms. Susan Wojcicki said in March at an Atlantic Council event that her platform would scrap Mr. Trump’s suspension when it had determined the risk of violence had decreased.

On its website, the board states that Facebook “will promptly implement” the board’s decision unless doing so violates the law and that Facebook will publicly respond to both content decisions and policy recommendations from the board.

If the board decides that Mr. Trump’s previous ban was appropriate but recommends that the ban be lifted now, Facebook will face pressure from several different political actors about how to proceed.

 


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