Sun May 09 2021
But the Facebook Oversight Board has asked Facebook to consider it again
The Facebook Oversight Board ruled last Wednesday that Facebooks decision to permanently ban Donald Trump from their platforms (Facebook and Instagram), whilst justified at the time, shouldn’t be indefinite.
They described the decision to permanently ban him as “indeterminate and standardless” when in fact the correct response needed to be “consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform."
Facebook have been given six months to respond to the decision, reassess the ban and come up with a "proportionate response” that will be applicable to all users.
The FOB (Facebook Oversight Board) at the press conference announcing their decision, co-chaired by Hele Thorning-Schmidt, said it had been difficult to find an easy solution.
The board all agreed that Facebook needed to be “more transparent” about how bans such as this are applied and how all users are treated. They also recommended that Facebook avoid handing out arbitrary penalties in the future.
Indefinite penalties of this sort do not pass the international or American smell test for clarity, consistency, and transparency.
Facebook’s Oversight Board was only established last year, with a mission statement of making final decisions on some of Facebooks most contentious issues.
Those decisions, made by a board consisting of former judges, activists and prominent media figures, are completely binding to the entire Facebook organisation, including their CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In a statement released after the decision, a Facebook spokesperson said the company would consider a response that was proportionate and clear.
The risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.
After banning the former president, Facebook then referred their decision to the Facebook Oversight Board, also asking for clear guidelines from the board on account suspensions when the user being banned is a political figure.
This all came about after Trump was banned from a slew of social media platforms in January after his supporters interrupted a joint congressional session in the US Capitol building confirming President Biden’s victory in the US elections.
Many believed Trump continued to incite his supporters, even after they’d entered the building, going so far as to post a video to Facebook and Twitter in which he said "I know your pain. I know you're hurt. But you have to go home now".
What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace.
The people of our country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.
Sun May 09 2021