Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Facebook Cancels Trump from Midterms

'We’re going to stay on that timeline... '

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Facebook has announced that they will not be moving up their timeline for reviewing their decision to suspend former President Donald Trump, regardless of whether or not he decides to run in 2024.

The tech giant notorious for censoring and suppressing conservative perspectives will review their decision in January of 2023, keeping Trump off of the world’s largest social media platform during the looming midterms.

Their decision will also remain unaffected by the recent FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, according to Politico

“We’re going to stay on that timeline,” Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said in an interview.

Facebook blocked Trump because of posts the company claimed violated their incitement of violence policy during the Jan. 6 protests.

The company later set the date of January 7, 2023, for the decision to reinstate Trump to the platform.

If the former president announces that he will be campaigning for president in 2024, Facebook may face pressure to make the call more quickly.

Republicans have argued that the company is unfairly silencing Trump, as many of Trumps political opponents have made actual incitements of violence and remain on the platform.

Trump’s critics, on the other hand, have called for his permanent banning from the platform.

Some believe this move by Facebook may be an attempt to prevent Trump from making direct statements and having interactions with the public as midterms approach.

Twitter has taken similar action, and will attempt “to enable healthy civic conversation on Twitter, while ensuring people have the context they need to make informed decisions.”

Twitter will be enforcing their “Civic Integrity Policy,” coming down on what they decide is “misinformation,” and will be “educating” users on specific issues surrounding the election.

Facebook has released a similar plan for addressing misinformation in the midterms, which bares a similar resemblance to their 2020 strategy.

Both platforms censored the New York Post‘s bombshell report about Hunter Biden‘s laptop shortly before the election, and the report’s impact on the election is hotly contested.

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