Facebook decided on Wednesday, May 5, to uphold its suspension of Donald Trump from the platform. In his response, the former president lashed out at Big Tech firms as “a total disgrace and an embarrassment” to the United States.
Facebook’s Oversight Board, a body chosen to weigh in on content moderation decisions at the social media site, announced that it would maintain the social media platform’s ban on Trump, which was enacted on January 7.
As a result of the decision, Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram would remain limited.
However, the board of directors stated that it was “not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension,” and asked the company to reconsider the decision within six months.
The board said Facebook “did not follow a clear, published procedure” in imposing a ban “for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored.”
Facebook’s director’s board claimed again that two of Trump’s posts from January 6 violated its rules prohibiting praise or support of people engaged in violence.
“At the time of Mr. Trump’s posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions,” the board said Wednesday. “Given the seriousness of the violations and the ongoing risk of violence, Facebook was justified in suspending Mr. Trump’s accounts on January 6 and extending that suspension on January 7.”
Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns about the influence of Facebook and other social networking platforms, with many pushing for new rules and some calling for major tech breakups.
In his reaction to the latest movement from Facebook, Trump said that “What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” Trump said in a statement through his new communications platform “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”
“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,” he continued.