Facebook Bans Trump 'Til 2023

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Don’t call it a comeback.

But Donald Trump will be coming back to Facebook.

If, that is, he wants.

And in, that would be, two years.

Maybe.

Reuters reports that Facebook Inc. came to a decision Friday concerning the former president’s account.

As you’re surely aware, after January 6th’s chaos at the Capitol, the social media site enacted a suspension.

It was part of a supreme silencing.

On the 7th, the President’s Twitch account was disabled.

So was his Instagram.

January 8th saw The Donald’s Twitter wings “indefinitely” clipped.

The same day, chatroom and instant-messaging app Discord banned a server called TheDonald.win.

In a related story, Amazon removed Parler from its cloud hosting service while Apple dumped it from its app store.

That was January 9th.

Google Play banned the application as well.

As for Facebook, the site’s Newsroom put it this way:

We believe the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great, so we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks

“Over the last several years,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. … But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”

Mark accused the President of trying to provoke violence:

His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the U.S. and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.

It was a case of undermining peace:

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”

Eventually, Trump surfaced on the web via his own From the Desk of Donald J. Trump site.

As reported this week by RedState’s Jeff Charles, that didn’t last long:

Former President Donald Trump’s website has been permanently shut down after only being active for about a month. At this moment, it only exists to allow users to provide their email addresses and phone numbers to receive updates from Trump’s team.

Jeff also noted that Facebook’s ban would be upheld.

However, according to the independent Oversight Board, a permanent suspension wasn’t appropriate.

Per Jeff, “[The board] urged [Facebook] to review its decision and come up with a ‘proportionate response’ within six months.”

And now the tech titan’s reached a decision.

From Reuters:

Facebook Inc on Friday suspended former U.S. President Donald Trump until at least January 2023.

That timeline “denies Republican Trump a major social media megaphone ahead of the November 2022 congressional elections.”

But as for Decision 2024? Perhaps he’ll be up and running.

And if you’re worried the White House is upset by Facebook’s continued clamp, allow me to allay your fears.

When asked about the situation, Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke of zebras.

And she was not at all condescending:

“Our view continues to be….that…any…platform that is disseminating information to millions of Americans has a responsibility to crack down on disinformation, to crackdown on false information, whether it’s about the election, or even about the vaccine as we’re trying to keep the American public safe and get more people…out in society. And…as we look at it, we learned a lot from…the former president over the last couple of years, about his behavior and how he uses these platforms. Feels pretty unlikely that the zebra’s gonna change his stripes over the next two years. We’ll see.”

So when and how will Donald Trump reappear on the online stage?

Trump senior aide Jason Miller said they’re working on “broader efforts.”

Whatever those are, I’d say there’s a good chance Donald Trump will return.

He’s not the go-away-quietly type.

-ALEX

 

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