Republicans Tell Oversight Board Facebook’s Trump Ban Example of Uneven Standards

Republicans referred to a report that ‘’ found numerous issues that resulted in a clear political bias against conservative viewpoints’’ as well as a Facebook incident that clearly showed that Facebook ‘’had a clear preference for the Biden-Harris campaign’’

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In a new letter, Republicans in Congress told Facebook’s oversight board that their company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump is an example of uneven deplatforming standards.

Top House GOP members, including Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said to the board that they detect violent speech on social media, including Facebook, published from all parts of the political spectrum, denoting calls for the murder of police officers from the far-left Antifa network and a top Iranian official, who pledged violence against the United States.

“The debate about how to effectively deal with these and other individuals is necessary and important,” the lawmakers noted. “However, we remain concerned that the deplatforming standards are not applied in a fair and neutral manner.”

Republicans referred to a report assembled by a team led by former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on conservative concerns with Facebook, claiming the report “found numerous issues that resulted in a clear political bias against conservative viewpoints.”

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Moreover, they said that Facebook limited a story about President Joe Biden’s son Hunter from being shared prior to the 2020 election, labeling it as disinformation, although subsequent reporting confirmed many of the presented facts. That incident was a clear sign that Facebook “had a clear preference for the Biden-Harris campaign,” the lawmakers concluded.

A video leaked from a Facebook meeting held after Biden was sworn into office and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be seen approving some of the early executive orders from the Democrats.

They added:

“Instances where conservative viewpoints have been censored, blocked, or diminished harm the free exchange of ideas and irreparably damage conservative Americans’ faith in the fundamental fairness of purportedly neutral actors like Facebook. To effectively enforce content moderation rules in the public domain, Facebook must act in an impartial manner or risk delegitimizing its efforts to prevent violence and hate.”

In early January, Facebook suspended Trump, while he was still on his presidential duty. Facebook said at the time that the suspension would last indefinitely.

Later, Facebook referred the decision to the oversight board, an independent entity. The company has agreed to obey the decisions by the board.

The board overturned four actions from Facebook and upheld one in its first set of rulings.

The oversight board, which includes lawyers, current and former journalists, rights advocates, and academics, declared in late January that it would accept comments about Trump’s suspension.

The board said in the announcement that Facebook raised two issues in relation to the case: “Considering Facebook’s values, specifically its commitment to ‘Voice’ and ‘Safety,’ did it correctly decide on January 7, 2021, to prohibit Donald J. Trump’s access to posting content on Facebook and Instagram for an indefinite amount of time? Facebook also requested the Board’s observations or recommendations on suspensions when the user is a political leader.”

The board plans to come up with a decision about the suspension by April.

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Source: www.theepochtimes.com

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