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The Fate of Trump on Facebook Will be Decided

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Last Monday, the Facebook Oversight Board announced that on May 5, 2021, the decision will be made on whether or not the account of former President Trump will be reinstated to the platform. President Trump’s Facebook account was suspended following the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Trump issued a message calling for peace and asking for protesters to go home. However, Facebook gave the account of the then POTUS a 24-hour suspension, citing two policy violations. Later on, the account was no longer accessible, with a lengthy tweet from Zuckerburg himself saying, “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden”. Twitter also gave Trump a 24-hour ban, followed by an indefinite one.

 

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Since the January 6 rally, the list of online platforms and businesses distancing themselves from President Trump has grown to include Twitter, Instagram, Shopify, Paypal, and several others.

Despite President Donald Trump being acquitted by the Senate for incitement of the Capitol riot, he still remains restricted from using a majority of big-tech accounts.

Although corporations like Facebook are private companies, many feel that the aggressive punishment may violate free speech, as platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have now become the new town square where news and opinions are expressed. Facebook’s Oversight Board reported that they received more than 9,000 public responses and 300,000 user appeals concerning Trump’s suspension.

Speaking on Fox News “Media Buzz” last March, Trump advisor Jason Miller explained that Trump’s absence from social media is temporary and that he intends to “completely redefine the game” with his own platform.

Conservatives like Donald Trump, Alex Jones, and Steven Crowder continue to be treated unfairly and unconstitutionally in regard to using platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter in comparison to other political figures on the left.

The Facebook Oversight Board will announce the fate of Donald Trump’s account this upcoming Wednesday at 9 a.m ET

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Darius Ricks has a passion for researching and writing about African-American culture while working toward his Paralegal Studies degree from John Tyler Community College. Ricks strives to write stories that inspire Americans to think freely and openly without fear of judgment.




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