Facebook’s Oversight Board, which evaluates what content should be removed from the platform, will uphold the suspension of former President Donald Trump. The company took this measure after the assault on the Capitol, last January 6. In view of the decision, some Republicans are considering leaving the platform.
Similarly, several members of the Republican Party described the measure as absurd and argued that Big Tech continues to try to censor conservatives and questioned whether this type of situation does not mean that digital platforms have a monopoly on communications.
“It’s a sad day for America. It’s a sad day for Facebook because I can tell you, a number of members of Congress are now looking at: Do they break up Facebook, do they make sure that they don’t have a monopoly? And I can tell you that it is two different standards, one for Donald Trump and one for a number of other people that are on their sites,” Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told America’s Newsroom.
Meanwhile, other conservative voices also weighed in on what happened. For example, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said on Twitter that the decision was “absurd.”
“The best part here is that Facebook designed the Oversight Board to relieve them of the responsibility of determining compliance with their own standards. Then, the Oversight Board quickly threw the ball into Facebook’s court,” he added.
Likewise, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN), noted that the decision is disappointing and that “it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg sees himself as the arbiter of speech.”
Although the committee said that the measure against Trump was “arbitrary,” it upheld the veto against the former president and affirmed that the messages published “seriously violated the rules” of use of the platform. The content committee gave Facebook six months to review the indefinite suspension against the former president.
For the 20-member committee, the company implemented an indefinite suspension “that is not included in its content policies” instead of applying the sanctions it has defined when an account commits a serious infraction.