Meta Considers Revoking Facebook’s Ban on Donald Trump Following Review
By Movieguide® Staff
At the recent event in Washington D.C., Meta’s Nick Clegg said that the social media company could revoke a ban on former President Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram.
Clegg, president of global affairs for Meta, said that they would review the ban and assess what to do moving forward.
“When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution. You shouldn’t throw your weight about,” Clegg told Steve Clemons, the Founding Editor at Large for the media startup Semafor.
“If we think there is content on our platform which will lead to real-world harm, physical harm, then we feel we have a clear responsibility to act against it,” Clegg added.
Trump received an account ban on Facebook after the Jan. 6 riots at Capital Hill in 2021.
In the aftermath of riots and protesters on Capitol Hill, social media giants banned President Donald Trump indefinitely.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said Trump’s ban on Facebook and Instagram would last until the incumbent left office.
“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,” Zuckerberg wrote. “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.”
Twitter also banned the then U.S. President.
The ban opened the door for Facebook and Twitter to censor or ban conservative voices on their platforms that defended the former President or stood up for conservative values.
Conservative outlets and commentators continually report that their pages have been punished by being demonetized for standing for values including traditional marriage and the unborn’s right to life.
Satire site The Babylon Bee was even accused of inciting violence when they quoted British comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Bee Founder Seth Dillon was also warned on Instagram that he could lose his account for promoting “false” information.
These incidents remind us of several critical lessons.
First, media-wise consumers cannot rely on social media to present accurate, honest information.
Second, conservatives will face greater scrutiny, and consequently will be punished, for what they post to major social media platforms.
Third, Christians and conservatives must strengthen their faith and speak boldly about their convictions, despite the risks.
This does not mean rioting, looting, or spurring violent protests. Instead, we must hold firm to Scripture and allow God’s Word to be our guide.
Perhaps Meta revoking the ban would be a step in the right direction against censoring opinions the company disagrees with.
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