Over the weekend, Facebook made a rather disturbing announcement: The ban on Donald J. Trump will continue until at least 2023.
Needless to say, this ban conveniently coincides with midterm elections and all the activities leading up to them, which means that the social media giant is clearly doing everything in its power to thwart Trump’s ability to reach constituents.
On top of the formal ban through 2023, the company has already threatened that the ban may last longer, depending on a variety of factors, though the two-year ban is already so unconscionable that it is hard to envision just how much lower the company will stoop.
Until it starts applying arbitrary, multi-year bans to any remotely conservative voice, that is.
Given its blatantly sinister operations, it is also no surprise that Facebook released this news over the weekend, undoubtedly to avoid much of the furor that tends to accompany weekday news stories.
Nonetheless, the company remains in the news anyway, in part due to its executives yapping away about what an apparently responsible decision Facebook too.
Nick Clegg, the Vice President of Global Affairs at Facebook, acknowledges that the decision is “controversial,” which is putting it mildly.
“We understand that making a decision like this is controversial. It’s shouted out, if you like, from both sides, from those people who feel Donald Trump should be back on the platform immediately and from those who say he should be banned forever. It receives criticism from all sides.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Well then, Mr. Clegg … has it ever occurred to you that if an issue is receiving “criticism from all sides,” perhaps the solution is to have an actual debate rather than summarily issue a two-year ban?
Even more astonishingly, Clegg tries to justify the two-year ban by claiming it is superior to an “indefinite ban,” which is, to put it mildly, liberal “logic” on steroids.
“Facebook was wrong to do [suspend Trump] in an indefinite way, an open-ended way, and that we needed to come up with clearer due process, clearer standards, clearer penalties, which we’ve now done…
We’ve now set out what penalties would apply to what I hope will remain these very rare cases where a public individual uses our apps and services to say things in a way which foments or, in his case, praises rioters who were involved in violence ongoing at that very time.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
Well, that’s nice, Facebook. How about setting out penalties for individuals organizing violent riots and other heinous crimes on the platform?
Oh that’s right … That wouldn’t be politically correct. Or, for that matter, remotely logical.
Clegg’s commentary becomes even more maddening when he attempts to claim that politics has effectively nothing to do with Trump’s ban, which is a major stretch even by snowflake standards.
“Our job is not to take these decisions with an eye to which side of the political aisle is going to agree or disagree more with us, but just to do so in a way that is fair, transparent and proportionate.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
“Fair, transparent, and proportionate.”
Is Clegg serious? Was blocking the story regarding Hunter Biden, which was not even remotely any form of misinformation (on the contrary, it was quite vital information) an example of such fairness and transparency?
Even Jack Dorsey, the silent meditation retreat-attending CEO of Twitter, admitted that it was wrong for Twitter to suppress the story of Hunter Biden, though his apology unfortunately came about two weeks too late.
“We recognize it as a mistake that we made, both in terms of the intention of the policy and also the enforcement action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately.” [Source: The New York Post]
Perhaps one day Dorsey will recognize the mistake in banning Trump as well, especially since other destructive dictators around the world remain beyond active on the platform to this day.
Trump himself had one of the best responses to Facebook’s insane decision, noting that it was not just a personal strike against him, but also against the innumerable voters who supported, and continue to support, Trump.
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others … They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!” [Source: The Daily Wire]
The United States certainly cannot endure much more blatant abuse of its constitutional liberties and protections, which is precisely why Trump’s influence is desperately needed in the 2022 midterms and beyond.
Author: Ofelia Thornton