Politics Donald Trump Facebook Ban Decision Will Be 'Controversial' Says Oversight Board Member
Facebook’s Australian media ban is taking down official government pages
Fire agencies and health departments’ posts have disappeared from the platformWhen Verge staff in the US tried to access the pages, some saw them as having no posts. Other Verge staffers saw posts appearing as normal, however, though were often viewing pages without logging into Facebook. Still, the volume of Twitter concerns makes it clear that, for at least some users, posts from those pages are inaccessible. It’s unclear whether the different results were the result of a ban still rolling out or Facebook retracting the enforcement action.
A member of 's Oversight Board has said their upcoming decision on whether or not to permanently ban former president from the platform will be "controversial."
The social media giantthe former president in January after the last year, which he was accused of inciting.
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Facebook's Oversight Board is a committee made up for 19 members from a variety of backgrounds and professions tasked with ruling over the platform's moderation decisions. It is in the process of deciding if and when Trump's ban should be lifted.
Board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former Danish Prime Minister, told the Wall Street Journal's The Journal podcast she anticipated the board's result would be criticized regardless of the decision.
She said the board was approaching questions such as whether there should be certain limitations for a politician, and whether a person's public profile should be taken into account in the decision-making process.
"We will look into all these issues and come back with a decision that I know for sure will be controversial because some will agree, some will disagree.
The Technology 202: Facebook's ban on Australian news triggers greater scrutiny of its vast power
Rep. David Cicilline, who led a 16-month investigation into competition in the tech industry, called the moves 'the ultimate admission of monopoly power.' Facebook’s decision to block the posting and sharing of Australian news highlights the platform's vast influence over the media industry, raising the stakes in global regulators’ efforts to address its power.
"Basically it's up to us now to determine whether Trump should be excluded from Facebook forever, or without a set date where he could return," she said.
Thorning-Schmidt also said: "We are a very diverse bunch of people on the board, we are very global. We also try to balance the board politically so we come from different parts of the political spectrum. So I really hope that it won't be politicized, but I come from politics so I'm not naive."
She declined to offer details on whether the board was leaning one way or another on a decision.
Trump was suspended after he shared Facebook posts as rioters were still present in the U.S. Capitol. One of the posts included a video in which he falsely claimed the election was stolen from his voters, but also said his followers should "go home in peace."
On January 7, the day following the Capitol unrest, Facebook CEOFacebook's decision to suspend Donald Trump.
Facebook's Australian news purge blocked fire departments, food banks, its own Facebook page, and much more
Facebook's Australian news ban also hit non-news organizations. Facebook said it would restore some of the pages that were "inadvertently" impacted.The tech giant blocked all Australian users from posting or viewing news on Thursday in an attempt to pre-empt a proposed law called the News Media Bargaining Code. If approved, the law would require Facebook to pay news publishers for hosting their content.
Zuckerberg said Facebook had allowed the former President to use the platform prior to his suspension even though some of his posts had to be removed or slapped with a warning label at times because "we believe that the public has a right to the broadcast possible access to political speech."
However, Zuckerberg said the context of the Capitol riots was "fundamentally different" and involved "use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government."
"We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," he said.
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