Meta plans to restore Donald Trump’s Facebook account
Facebook’s parent company Meta is considering allowing former US President Donald Trump to return to Facebook in the coming weeks after a two-year ban following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Andy StoneA spokesperson for Meta told Forbes that the group will announce its decision regarding the potential recovery of the account. donald trump “in the coming weeks.”
The group said in mid-2021 that the former US president’s exile will expire on Saturday, January 7, and could be revoked if Meta determines that the “risk to public safety has diminished.”
He said the decision would follow the process set forth by Meta in 2021, when the group suspended Donald Trump on Capitol Hill for “glorifying those who engage in violence” and his “decision to use his platform to turn a blind eye instead.” He reversed his initial decision to impose an indefinite ban “rather than condemn the actions of his supporters on Capitol Hill.”
During the suspension of Donald Trump’s account, Nick CleggFacebook’s vice president of global affairs said the company will assess “external factors, including incidents of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other signs of civil unrest” to determine whether to proceed. restore his account. In addition, he noted that if the risk of removing the powers of the former president is too great, then it will be extended “for a certain period of time”. »
Will Facebook impose additional restrictions on Donald Trump’s account? Meta’s internal task force, made up of several department heads, including communications, content policy, security and integrity teams, has been tasked with making a decision on whether to reinstate Donald Trump. Nick Clegg warned in a statement that if Donald Trump violates the company’s policies in the future, Facebook will impose a “severe and rapidly escalating set of penalties”. This includes the ability to “permanently delete” their account.
Facebook banned Donald Trump’s account indefinitely a day after rioters stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. However, in June 2020, Facebook revised the two-year ban, citing “risk”. to public safety,” after the company’s Review Board, a group that reviews content moderation decisions, criticized Meta’s vague ban. Nick Clegg also told ABC News that spreading misinformation was not enough to justify a ban, saying it “aids, incites, incites violence has warned that any public figure who does or glorifies it will be banned for crossing Facebook’s “red line”. Donald Trump has suspended his account, accusing Facebook of “censoring and silencing” him, and that the ban will “help us in the 2020 rigged presidential election.” “An insult to a record number of 75 million people who voted and many more.”
The end of Donald Trump’s two-year Facebook ban comes two months after Twitter’s new owner. Elon Musk, reinstated Donald Trump’s account on the platform, though the former president declined the billionaire’s offer, opting instead to stay on his social network, Truth Social. Donald Trump was also banned from Twitter after the Jan. 6 riots, after he tweeted that he “loved” the rioters, called them “patriotic Americans” and that the riots were “a landslide and events that occurred during a holy election.” Victory is brutally and mercilessly destroyed. »
While Meta claimed that Donald Trump’s use of Facebook to support the crowd that attacked the Capitol led to his account being suspended, the former US president has been heavily criticized for spreading false information about the platform, including a baseless theory about the 2020 election. . stolen from him and the baseless claim that covid-19 is “less deadly” than the flu. Facebook has since removed the post and noted Trump’s election theory that it could take several weeks for the ballots to be counted. During the 2020 racial justice protests, Donald Trump also spread unsubstantiated rumors that the Capitol looters might be shot. Facebook has refused to remove these posts, sparking criticism. Facebook has added fact-checking labels ahead of the 2020 election to curb misinformation on the platform. Facebook has also launched dedicated pages for pre-verified election information. It created security functions to prevent foreign election interference.
A study published last month by free speech advocacy group Accountable Tech suggested that more than 350 of Trump’s posts on Truth Social violated Facebook policies, including making unsubstantiated claims about the results of the presidential election. Like posts that allegedly violate Facebook’s harassment policy against marginalized groups.
Article translated from US Forbes – Author: Brian Bouchard
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