Thursday, January 21, 2021
“Decision was necessary”
Facebook wants to check Trump’s lock
After the storm on the Capitol in Washington, Facebook blocked the account of then President Trump. To this day, he cannot access his profile. The company now wants to have an independent third party examine whether this decision was correct.
Facebook has the indefinite ban on the former US President Donald Trump examined by an independent body that was set up to deal with disputes between the online network and its users. “We believe that our decision was necessary and correct,” said Facebook’s head of politics Nick Clegg when announcing the move. Decisions of the committee are binding for the company and cannot be overruled by founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook had blocked Trump until further notice after his supporters had stormed the Capitol in Washington. Trump had incited the crowd with his unsubstantiated claims about alleged election fraud and also expressed sympathy for the attackers during the riots.
Facebook formed the body to create an independent counterweight to the company’s decisions about content on the platform. The first members were introduced last year, including the former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the former “Guardian” editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger.
On the one hand, users should be able to call in the committee in the event of a deletion of content that they consider to be unjustified. On the other hand, Facebook itself can call it with various questions about dealing with advertising, groups or pages.