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Facebook ‘Independent Oversight Board’ Weighs Decision on Whether to Lift Trump Ban

Facebook ‘Independent Oversight Board’ Weighs Decision on Whether to Lift Trump Ban

“Trump was the only case in which Facebook has indefinitely suspended a sitting head of state”

Trump has been banned from Facebook since January, but now the social media giant’s ‘independent oversight board’ is looking into to the issue and deciding whether or not the ban should be permanent.

This is especially important as we look ahead to the 2024 election.

Sara Fischer reports at Axios:

World leaders brace for historic Trump Facebook ban decision

The upcoming decision from Facebook’s independent Oversight Board on whether to uphold or reverse Facebook’s indefinite suspension of former President Trump’s profiles has policymakers on edge.

Why it matters: The decision will set a historic precedent for how the tech giant treats accounts of world leaders, and could be a litmus test for the board’s power.


– Facebook helped establish the Oversight Board with $130 million in funding in 2019 to review user appeals of Facebook’s content moderation choices.

– Its independence has been questioned by Facebook critics, but its first few case decisions this year suggest the board isn’t afraid to disagree with Facebook, and it tends to err on the side of free speech.

– Trump was the only case in which Facebook has indefinitely suspended a sitting head of state, but the company has begun taking action on other world leaders’ accounts. It froze Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for 30 days in March for violating Facebook’s policies against spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Ace of Spades suggests this is basically Facebook deciding whether or not Trump is allowed to run for president and points out some inconsistencies:

Maxine Waters and LeBron James have received no penalty from FaceBook or any other social media monopoly.

Note that the broadcast media are required to accept political ads for the best available price, as a precondition for using that which they are not entitled to (the public airwaves).

There is absolutely no reason that Congress cannot pass laws requiring that monopolies act with similar fairness to all sides in political matters, to keep an immunity to lawsuit (section 230) that they are by no means entitled to.

Expect to see major pressure from the left on Facebook not to reverse the ban.

If Trump runs for president again in 2024, he would need access to social media platforms. The left will do anything to keep that from happening.


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This is just theater. It has no meaning. Nothing will come of it. Go back to sleep.

I pray President Trump and Mike Lindell really get a massive social platform

That my friend would be a game changer

Buying out a few major newspapers, which really are Democrat rays and used for tax write offs at this point, might be good as well

    henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | April 24, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    But on their own, not this way.

    Trump should very publicly tell Facebook that he wouldn’t join their He-Man Patriot-Hater’s club if they gave him the penthouse suite.

wonder if zucky realizes that, just like auntie max et al, he is in fact “touchable?”

I told my church no more donations while they encourage people (kids!) to contact them on FB. Eventually, religion will be targeted and censored.

Just because they let him come back — if they do — doesn’t mean he should. Facebook’s users are the product, not ghe customer. Scroom.

There was a rumor floating around not long ago about Trump establishing his own social media site. Has anybody heard anything new about that?

    mark311 in reply to DSHornet. | April 24, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Kinda Mike Lindell started a pro Trump platform but it’s suffered a lot of technical issues as I understand it.

Stay off and, if it happens, tell Zuck where to take his kindly gesture.

nordic_prince | April 24, 2021 at 1:03 pm

I have as much confidence in Fakebook’s “Independent Oversight Board” as I do in their “independent fact checkers.”

You know things are bad when you have to use link shorteners and write in code just to avoid getting “disclaimers,” FB jail, and outright bans.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to nordic_prince. | April 24, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    You know things are bad when you have to use link shorteners and write in code just to avoid getting “disclaimers,” FB jail, and outright bans.

    Don’t worry. Facebook® and Twitter® are woking on an automatic algorithm that will be able to follow any shortened links and/or code to its final destination URL and then decide whether or not you get “disclaimers” tacked onto your post, FB jail or a ban based upon what it finds.

I miss President Trump soo much!

Under no circumstances should Trump ever go back to Fakebook or Twatter.

He already has a massive following. This is the right time and opportunity to put a dent on the social media monopolies. It will be good for America.
But time is passing and nothing has been done yet.

we are in the midst of the beginning of the end

It’s really funny they banned Maduro for having unapproved opinions about covid, not for other more obvious things.

I dropped Facebook and Twitter when they kicked Trump off. I encourage others to do the same.

It’s a financial decision.

Without the Left wing “I hate you theatre” that Trump brings out in the platform, the click count is way down even for their devout users. Combine that with the fact that conservatives are tired of getting an Ike Turner bitch slap every other minute and are also using the platform less and less, this is going to hurt both FB and Twitter.

I notice sooo many of my contacts are putting less and less stuff on the platform.

I follow anyone and everyone I can convert to Parler. I don’t know if Parler will win, I just want FB, Twitter and AMZN to lose.

I’m more concerned about people not named Donald Trump. If he runs in 2024 Trump would benefit by not being permitted on social media. He actually did a good job in person, the location he collapsed at was social media because he thinks he is god of it while he sucks.

I probably suck at it to the difference is I am not running for president.

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | April 24, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    To the contrary, he did a masterful job of end-running the Marxist-controlled popular media, until they figured out how to successfully Marxist-control the online media. Once they figured out that they could go ahead and censor the crap out of a sitting president without a single other sitting Republican lifting a finger, it was a game-changer.

      That is pure myth making twitter was where he went to have fun while shedding major amounts of support.

      Name one person who voted for him who decided “Ya know what he stopped bleep posting so I no longer support him”, bet ya can’t come up with one.

      Some people suck at social media and Trump is one of them. He shed support with it when he needed to grow support.

        I’m of two minds about this, Danny. On the one hand, Trump’s use of Twitter absolutely alienated some voters who supported his policies, but on the other hand, I have no sympathy for the morons who weighted his Twitter use over his policy accomplishments.

        No matter who is president, you have to take the good with the bad. The left is gobbling up Biden despite his being a complete doofus with almost five decades of anti-leftist policy under his belt. They excuse his wild proclamations that he’s going to punch someone in the face, that his own supporter is a lying dog-faced pony soldier, and FAT!. If the media focused on Biden’s lunacy (gee, here I am in my home state of Pittsburgh, running for the Senate with Barack Obama 100 years ago), everyone would hate him, too, or at least question his fitness for office. The difference is that Trump’s flubs were hammered for days, held up as evidence that he was blah blah blah, and that Biden is given a pass on his blah blah blah.

        Was Twitter really Trump’s problem or was it the way the media treated it? Chicken, egg. I kept up with Trump’s Twitter because that’s part of my job, and I honestly never saw anything that I thought was horrendous or “mean” or “racist” or whatever, and I suspect you would be hard-pressed to point to even one of his tweets while he was in office that you found worse than Lyin’ Gropin’ Joe’s crazy.

        henrybowman in reply to Danny. | April 27, 2021 at 5:10 am

        My support for him increased every time he tweeted. He connected with his electorate in plain, unambiguous language more than any president in my lifetime. He told his opposition what the rest of us wanted to tell them, except they had to listen to him.

        It’s ridiculous even to pretend that anybody would think, “well, he hasn’t tweeted in a while, so I like him less.” If he wasn’t tweeting, he was doing something else. It’s not like he would never tweet again, if a good enough reason came up.