Facebook supervision The board of directors is often referred to as Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” On Wednesday, it behaved like this—a fine-grained ruling was issued, delaying the toughest issues raised and letting Mark Zuckerberg deal with it.
If you haven’t opened the news or checked Twitter this week, the question before the board is whether to insist Facebook’s indefinite ban Donald Trump incited his role in the Capitol riots on January 6. So far, this is the most anticipated decision of the supervisory committee when it was young. Since the company submitted the case to its board of directors on January 21, the company has received more than 9,000 public comments on the matter. As of Wednesday, Trump’s ban is still in effect, but the decision is still not final.
Specifically, Facebook asked the supervisory committee to decide:
Considering Facebook’s values, especially its commitment to voice and security, did it rightly decide on January 7, 2021 to ban Donald J. Trump from accessing content on Facebook and Instagram indefinitely?
The board’s answer is yes, no. Yes, Facebook is right to suspend Trump’s account; no, it is wrong to do so indefinitely. The board of directors wrote in its statement: “When imposing vague, non-standard punishments and then submitting the case to the board for resolution, Facebook tried to avoid its responsibility.” Decide. “The committee rejected Facebook’s request and insisted that Facebook apply for and prove guilty punishment.” In other words, Facebook must decide whether to return Trump immediately and set his suspension date as a clear end date, or whether it will always It kicked off the platform.
Although the board of directors let Facebook take on the task on the grounds of refusing to take a clearer position, the board also recognized the direct logic of the removal.This Original decision The suspension of Trump’s account was carried out under special circumstances. As the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol is still raging, Trump published a series of posts, including a videotape, in which he told his followers to go home. Stimulate the thoughts of his supporters of the riot. He said in the video: “This is a fraudulent election, but we cannot participate in the hands of these people.” “We must have peace. Go back and we love you. You are special.” By the next day, Facebook had been deleted. These posts were removed, and Trump was completely suspended from his platform as well as Instagram and WhatsApp. (Twitter The same is true for YouTube. )
It has always been clear that the content of the offensive post is far from Trump’s cruelest behavior-after all, he is at least telling the mob to go home-and clearly does not violate any clear rules. After all, Trump has been using Facebook for months to spread the myth of stolen elections. What has changed is not Trump’s online behavior, but its offline consequences.in a Blog post In explaining Facebook’s decision, Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) tacitly admitted this. He wrote: “We deleted these statements yesterday because we believe their impact and possible purpose is to incite further violence.” Although the platform had tolerated Trump before, “the current situation is now fundamentally different and involves Use our platform to incite a violent uprising against a democratically elected government.” Trump will be “banned indefinitely, at least for the next two weeks, until the peaceful transition of power is completed.”
There are two differences between this decision and Facebook’s normal review method. First, the company not only clearly focuses on the content of the posts, but also on the real world. Second, it deviates from the “news moderation” rule, which usually gives political leaders more leeway to break the rule, based on the theory that people should know what they must say.