Facebook has been suspended for inciting violence against the US president in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
A semi-autonomous supervisory board of the social media company Facebook has upheld the suspension of former President Donald Trump, but ordered a reconsideration within six months.
The 20-member panel said in a statement that “the board upheld Facebook’s decision to ban the publication of written material by then-President Donald Trump on its Facebook page and Instagram account.”
However, the board ruled that “it is not appropriate for Facebook to impose indefinite and indefinite penalties for indefinite suspension.”
It called on social media Goliath within six months to “review the matter in order to determine and justify a proportional response consistent with the rules applicable to other users of this platform.”
The legislators met to prove President Joe Biden’s victory in the wake of the attack on the U.S. capital a day after Instagram-owned Facebook suspended Trump. The incident sparked a week-long removal campaign by Trump and his allies claiming the election had been “stolen.”
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump wants his elected successor, Joe Biden, to use the rest of his time in office to undermine the peaceful and legal transition of power,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page in January.
Other major social media outlets have also taken to Twitter to criticize Trump over the riots, which have 6 million followers and say the ban will last.
Facebook’s oversight board was launched in October 2020 amid ongoing controversy over the company’s ability to handle hate speech and misinformation on the platform.
Civil liberties advocates have also accused Facebook of restricting freedom of speech.
Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was quick to shout the decision.
“This is a sad day for America,” Meadows told Fod News. “They shouldn’t be monopolized, and yet Google and Facebook and YouTube actually control most of what America is watching … Now it’s time we break down the big technology, not just control it.”
‘Serious risk of violence was possible’
The board learned that Trump’s two posts in January “seriously violated” Facebook standards.
At first, Trump told the rioters, “We love you. You are very special. ”In the second, he called those who raised the capital storm“ great patriots ”and told them to remember this day forever.
“The board discovered that Mr. Trump created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible, while maintaining a neutral description of electoral fraud and continued action,” the panel said in justifying its decision.
“During Mr. Trump’s posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm, and his message of support for those involved in the riots justified their violent action. Mr. Trump had a high level of influence as president.
The 20 members of the board, which will eventually rise to 40, include lawyers, human rights experts and journalists, including the former prime minister of Denmark and the former editor of The Guardian newspaper.
The first four board members chose Facebook directly. The four then worked with Facebook to select additional members, leaving some questioning the uniqueness of the board.
In a statement Wednesday, the board further stated that if Facebook allows Trump to return to the site after review, the company will “immediately and immediately address any further violations in accordance with its established content policy.”