White House vows to ignore Trump if Facebook reinstates him
The Facebook Oversight Board has upheld the platform’s decision to ban Donald Trump for posts related to the attack on the US Capitol in January by his supporters.
An independent group that reviews the company’s most complex issues, the oversight panel also found that the platform was wrong to ban Mr Trump “indefinitely”, and insists that the company “apply and justify a defined penalty” – giving it six months to review its initial decision.
Mr Trump has reacted to the news with fury, demanding that “these corrupt social media companies must pay a political price”.
For its part, the White House says that social media companies have a responsibility to combat the spread of misinformation.
“The president’s view is that the major platforms have a responsibility related to the health and safety of all Americans to stop amplifying untrustworthy content, misinformation, disinformation – especially related to Covid-19, vaccines and elections,” press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Liz Cheney’s days in the House GOP leadership look to be numbered, with her immediate senior Steve Scalise officially coming out against her.
Mr Trump released another statement attacking Ms Cheney as throwing his support behind Elise Stefanik as the new party conference chair.
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Zoe Tidman5 May 2021 08:30
Facebook Inc oversight board to rule on Trump ban
A decision from Facebook Inc’s oversight board on whether to uphold Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension from the platform is expected later today.
The former US president was barred from a slew of social media platforms following the deadly 6 January storming of the U.S Capitol by his supporters.
The long-awaited ruling will bring the focus back onto how the world’s largest social network decides what world leaders and politicians can and can’t say on their platforms.
It is expected Wednesday morning in America – or early afternoon UK time.
Additional reporting by Reuters
Zoe Tidman5 May 2021 08:48
Why was Trump suspended from Facebook?
When Donald Trump was banned “indefinitely” by Facebook in the wake of January’s US Capitol attack it became the first social media company to meaningfully silence him.
Here is a reminder of how the ban came about:
Zoe Tidman5 May 2021 09:03
Trump’s ‘communications platform’ on website
Ahead of today’s ruling, Donald Trump has launched a “communications platform” months after being banned by most social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Online comments regarding the announcement were sarcastically confused – but amused.
Oliver O’Connell has the full story:
Zoe Tidman5 May 2021 09:23
Grounds for suspension
Facebook banned Donald Trump “indefinitely” over two incendiary posts but there are thousands more they could have silenced the ex-president over, media experts say.
Graeme Massie in Los Angeles reports:
Zoe Tidman5 May 2021 09:33