Poor Mark Zuckerberg! He wanted commoners to make decisions reserved for $billionaires – and expectedly the Facebook Oversight Board did not fall for his antics. As they do in American football, they punted his problem back to him.
Yes, the Facebook Oversight Board which Mark created to oversee the most difficult decisions within the social media network has ruled that it would not help it decide if former US President, Donald Trump, could continue to be part of Facebook planet or not: “Facebook was justified in its decision to suspend then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the company’s Oversight Board said on Wednesday. That means the company does not have to reinstate Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram immediately. But the panel said the company was wrong to impose an indefinite ban and said Facebook has six months to either restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a specific period of time.” Simply, Mark, this is your decision, we cannot make it for you.
The Facebook Oversight Board was designed to make some of Facebook’s most difficult decisions for the company. But on Wednesday the board put one of the biggest dilemmas facing the platform back on Facebook and company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The board said Facebook was right to suspend Trump in the immediate aftermath of the January 6th insurrection, but said Facebook couldn’t just make the suspension “indefinite” with no actual rule on its books allowing for that. The board said Facebook must review the decision and figure out if Trump should be banned from the platform forever.
The board could have made that decision itself, but by choosing to hand the decision back to Facebook it once again puts Zuckerberg’s powerful role in overseeing public discourse in the United States in the spotlight, along with the arbitrary nature of how Facebook moderates it platform.
Facebook has six months from today to decide Trump’s fate.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Trump said in a statement. “Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” he continued. “The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process”, he continued.
Click to join Tekedia Capital Syndicate and build Next Africa with a minimum of $10,000 co-investment in startups.