On Friday, Facebook announced that it has banned former President Donald Trump from resuming his social media platform, including Instagram, for at least two years, maybe longer.
The announcement came out in a blog post by Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, on June 4, who declared that the decision might differ if any subsequent evaluation indicates Trump’s return could harbor negative effects.
“At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” the announcement read.
During his presidency, the former commander-in-chief had notoriously demonstrated his blunt diplomacy on social media platforms. Facebook suspended his account one day after the January 6 Capitol riot. Many have blamed Trump for his “not concede” speech of the 2020 election results as a major fuel that ignited the chaos.
January 6 was the day of Joe Biden’s affirmation of presidential victory by Congress. It was interrupted by hundreds of protesters storming the Capitol, allegedly Trump supporters.
In his blog, Clegg said a review from the Oversight Board on Trump’s suspension has made Facebook review its ban.
“The board criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, stating that “it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension,” he wrote.
Giving more details of the non-absolute promise that Trump could actually resume their service in due time, Clegg said Facebook would rely on experts to gauge the situation. The former president might still be subjected to even heavier penalties of “up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts” if he “commits further violations in future.”
“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other markers of civil unrest,” he added. “If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”
Shortly after, Trump responded to Facebook’s decision, deriding the social media tyrant’s ambitious involvement in its political stance.
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing and ultimately we will win,” he said.
“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!” the former president blasted Zuckerberg.
Reacting to Facebook’s harsh treatment of the former president, many have pointed to a stark double-strandard in its policies compared to its attitude with the Chinese Communist Party’s media, which has been running state-run propaganda on Tiananmen Square and human rights abuses.
Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) also notices how Facebook condones the CCP’s malicious indoctrination on its platform while putting heartful effort into banning Trump.
“Americans are sick and tired of Big Tech’s double standards,” Green said as reported by The New York Post. “Woke cancel culture strikes again, and the double standard couldn’t be more evident. When will Facebook ban Chinese Communist Party propagandists who have been covering up COVID-19’s origins and the genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang?”
On June 4, Xinhua News Agency posted on Facebook that the accusations of the Communist Party’s ongoing human rights abuses were “shameless lies,” while reprimanding the Washinton’s stiff stance on the malicious practice was a “smear campaign against China’s human rights records in recent days” which has “gone almost crazy to smear and denigrate China.”
More to defend the CCP’s undeniable practice, which many survivors, as well as former Chinese top officials who turned their course around, have testified legit, Xinhua News Agency went on to trash that “because the United States is not only the world’s biggest human rights violator, but also the top hypocrite on the human rights issue.”