The decision by Facebook’s Oversight Board to allow its platform to continue to ban former Republican President Donald Trump is a boon for censorship of conservative speech, setting the stage for interference with the 2024 election, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said Wednesday.
After the board upheld Facebook’s decision to suspend Trump’s ability to post on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, Bozell voiced his reaction in a Twitter post:
“Another win for censorship and the suppression of dissenting voices, and a loss for free speech. Facebook also gets its first opportunity to interfere with the 2024 election.”
Another win for censorship and the suppression of dissenting voices, and a loss for free speech. Facebook also gets its first opportunity to interfere with the 2024 election. https://t.co/9SsAFxAHT0— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) May 5, 2021
While Facebook is seeking to enforce a “permanent” ban of Trump’s accounts, the board extended the ban for only six months and cited problems with such never-ending sanctions.
The board ruled that two of Trump’s previous posts severely violated Facebook’s Community Standards and Instagram’s Community guidelines, and that others made unfounded claims of election fraud and may have created an atmosphere conducive to violence.
But, it also ruled that it was inappropriate for Facebook to “impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension” and gave the social media giant six months to create a more clear and consistent standard for suspensions and permanent bans.