Facebook’s notoriously liberal Supervisory Board has reportedly made its decision on whether former President Donald Trump will be allowed to use the platform again.
The choice is clear. Will the council, created to promote “freedom of expression” decide for or against freedom of expression? “[The Oversight Board] is expected to announce on Wednesday whether Facebook can maintain its suspension of Trump or whether it should allow him to return to the site, ” The Washington Post explained on May 3. “The council will announce its decision on this case – by far the most important – around 9 am Wednesday.”
The Supervisory Board was created as an external organization whose decisions have an impact on Facebook. Many Council members have overwhelming affiliations.
Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman admitted that she was “a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood”. The brotherhood has ties to Hamas and has been “banned as a terrorist organization by several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia and Bahrain”, The Jerusalem Post wrote. Trump proposed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in 2019.
More than half of the board members have ties to left-wing billionaire George Soros, giving him more clout than the entire Tory movement. “More than half of the members have ties to Soros, the philanthropist who spends huge sums on spreading a radical left agenda that includes targeting conservative politicians,” Judicial Watch reported.
A new board member would apparently not participate in the decision-making process. “Suzanne Nossel, will not participate in the deliberations on the Trump case”, Politico reported on April 20. “But his past views offer insight into factors current board members might consider when approaching Trump’s case – which could bode well for him.”
Nossel wrote a January 27 editorial for the Los Angeles Times: “Banning Trump from Facebook can do good. Here is why it may be wrong. “ In the article, Nossel explained that Trump’s controversial “silence” served as “testimony to the astounding influence of Facebook and a few other media companies on public discourse.”
Facebook had suspended then President Trump indefinitely, even as he called for peace amid the riots on the U.S. Capitol. Trump assured his supporters, “I know your pain. I know your injury ”, but told them,“ You have to go home now. We must have peace. President Trump also said he agreed the election was “fraudulent” but warned “we cannot play these people’s game.” Zuckerberg declared on January 7 that the blocking of Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts would be extended indefinitely, because “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue using our service during this time are just too great.”
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