The following article, Facebook Conveniently Suspends Trump Until After Midterm Elections, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Facebooks is a company that could create nothing but still make a fortune, and for many in America, that idea is rather sickly.
Facebook is little more than a public square on steroids. It’s a platform that allows Americans, (and everyone else), to say whatever it is that is on their minds, and have that sentiment weaponized and targeted in such a way that the average user now has the sort of reach that a fledgling politician would have had 30 years ago.
This is the empowerment of the right to free speech, and could very well be one of the most important revolutions that the information industry has ever seen…
…that is, if the network would simply treat everyone equally. Instead, Facebook arbitrarily decides the fate of content producers whose output doesn’t jibe with the company’s leadership. It’s akin to owning the land that town hall was built on and not allowing anyone who lives on 2nd Street to enter the premises.
But Facebook doesn’t care. They are a private company, and they’ll hide behind that distinction until someone in their ivory tower grows a conscience.
This week they proved that once again.
Facebook says it will suspend former President Trump’s accounts for two years following its finding that he stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. “At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post Friday, per the AP. “When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” he wrote. Facebook also plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that automatically exempted politicians from certain moderation rules on its site.
This doesn’t as much like a ruling as it sounds like an attempt to prevent Trump’s influence on the midterm elections, in which the Republican Party, over which Trump still holds a mighty amount of sway, believes that they have a chance to put a dent in the Democratic majority.
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