Facebook Oversite The board is often described as the “Supreme Court” for Facebook. On Wednesday, it worked just like that – issuing a subtle discipline that raised the most difficult question for Mark Zuckerberg to deal with.
The problem before the board is, if you didn’t turn on the news this week or check on Twitter, should it be supported Facebook’s indefinite ban Donald Trump’s account follows his role in inciting the January 6 riots in the Capitol. This was the most warmly anticipated decision in the young existence of the Board of Observers. Since the agency referred the case to the board on Jan. 21, it has received more than 9,000 public comments on the matter. As of Wednesday, the Trump sanctions remain in place – but the decision has not yet been finalized.
In particular, Facebook asked the Oversight Board to make a decision:
Considering Facebook’s standards, especially its voice and security commitments, did it make the right decision in favor of Donald J. Trump’s indefinite ban on posting content on Facebook and Instagram?
The board’s answer was yes – and no. Yes, Facebook was right to suspend Trump’s account; No, it was wrong to do it indefinitely. “While referring this case to the Board for the imposition and resolution of a vague, disrespectful penalty, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities,” the Board wrote. Decision. “The board rejected Facebook’s request and insisted that Facebook could enforce and justify a set fine.” In other words, Facebook must decide whether to return Trump immediately, set a clear end date for his suspension, or remove him from his platform forever.
When the board refused to take a more explicit position on Facebook, it also supported the immediate argument of removing it. The The real decision Unusual circumstances were created to deactivate Trump’s account. As the violence in the U.S. capital continued to spread, Trump posted multiple videos, including one in which he told his followers to go home, but he also repeated false claims that the election had been rigged. The idea inspired his riot supporters. “It was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” he said in the video. “We have to have peace. So go home. We love you You are very special. “The next day, Facebook removed the posts and completely suspended Trump from his platform, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp.”Twitter And YouTube did the same.)
It was clear in all cases that the content of the offensive posts was far removed from Trump’s most deadly incident. Trump has been using Facebook to spread the myth of stolen election stories for months. What changed was not Trump’s online behavior, but his offline consequences. In this Blog post By explaining Facebook’s decision, Mark Zuckerberg was duly acknowledged. “We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their influence – perhaps their intent – would induce further violence,” he wrote. Although the platform has tolerated Trump before, “the current context is now fundamentally different, involving the use of our platform to incite violent revolts against a democratically elected government.” Trump “will be banned indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until a peaceful transfer of power.”
The decision was a great departure from Facebook’s two-pronged approach to mediocrity. First, the company looks explicitly not only in the content of the posts, but in the real-world context. Second, it deviates from its “newsworthiness” rule which gives political leaders extra significance for breaking the rules, based on the theory that people have the right to know what they are saying.