Here we have another entry from the “what’s the point?” file.
Facebook decided that they needed to step up their censorship efforts of Americans. Well, specifically, of conservative Americans who aren’t in office.
Not that they weren’t already censoring just about anything to the political right of ultra -liberal Mother Jones magazine (basically, that would be anything that isn’t socialist claptrap or worse), but, now, they’ve gone to the point of vindictiveness for no rational purpose. Zachary Stieber writes.
Facebook announced Friday that former President Donald Trump is suspended from its platform for two years.
“We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,” Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs for Facebook, said in a blog post.
Facebook’s Oversight Board, a quasi-independent entity that is empowered to overrule the technology giant, last month upheld Facebook’s suspension of Trump.
But it also said the California-based company inappropriately did not list a defined time period for which Trump was suspended.
“It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored,” the board said.
The announcement Friday is in response to the board’s decision, Clegg said.
So, what happens after two years? Again, from Stieber:
When two years elapses, Facebook plans to review with experts whether the “risk to public safety has receded.”
If the risk is still present, the suspension will be extended. If it is not, the company is setting in place “a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” Clegg added.
They’ll evaluate if the “risk to public safety has receded?” What risk? Are they concerned that Trump will mock leftists more? Good luck stopping that.
And what public safety is at risk? I suppose if you believe that “words are literally violence” (which is beyond silly), then maybe you could see Trump’s posts on social media as dangerous, but it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that Trump’s social media posts are dangerous. Especially considering a lot of the other open calls for violence from the left that litter social media platforms.
This isn’t about safety. It’s about Facebook trying to get back at Trump. How petty.