The headline is that the Facebook Oversight Board has upheld Trump’s suspension. But the details struck me kind of funny:
The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension. Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account.
The Board insists that Facebook review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform. Facebook must complete its review of this matter within six months of the date of this decision. The Board also made policy recommendations for Facebook to implement in developing clear, necessary, and proportionate policies that promote public safety and respect freedom of expression.
In other words, Facebook punted it to the board, and the board shoved it right back in their face.
Of course, Zuckerberg just wants to just let Trump dangle indefinitely. On the one hand, Trump might run in 2024 and bring Facebook more “engagement”. On the other, if they let Trump back in now, while Democrats control Congress and the DoJ, they’re inviting anti-trust attention.
The only question left is how Zuck will weasel out of the demand by the Oversight Board to make a decision in 6 months, because that’s not a convenient timeframe. Trump starting his own blogspot page is going to make it even tougher for Zuck to continue kicking the can down the road, since it will inevitably be wall-to-wall “stop the steal”. That said, I have no doubt that that the asshole Zuck and his soulless valley bro minions will find a way to cut this baby in half.
Anyway, delete your account.