Facebook: Banning Trump Prevented a 'Sitting President Starting a Coup'
Big Tech giant defends mass anti-conservative censorship campaign
Facebook has spoken out to defend its decision to ban Donald Trump and purge conservative accounts from its platform, claiming that their intervention prevented a "sitting president" from orchestrating a "coup" in America.
Executives from the social media company explained their moves against President Trump in an interview with NBC News.
In a recently published article, NBC News was given access behind the scenes at Facebook and Twitter before the two companies permanently suspended Trump from their platforms.
The unprecedented censorship, taken on the same day, was not coordinated, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claims.
However, the companies, along with other Big Tech firms, show eerie similarities in their processes.
According to NBC, Facebook's founder and CEO made the decision to ban Trump while on vacation.
"Early the next morning, from his vacation home in Kauai, Hawaii, Zuckerberg held a phone call with Sandberg, Bickert, Clegg, Kaplan and other executives," NBC News writes in its account of Facebook’s decision.
"Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, was on the call, along with Neil Potts, the public policy director for trust and safety policy, and Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams, among several others.
"Zuckerberg said he had decided that Trump’s attempts to incite violence and undermine the democratic process were grounds for an indefinite suspension.
"No one voiced a dissenting opinion, the people familiar with the call said."
Shortly thereafter, Zuckerberg published a Facebook post explaining that “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”
A Facebook executive commented on the decisions stating: “This is not normal.
"These are extraordinary circumstances.
"We don’t have a policy for what to do when a sitting president starts a coup.”
A short while later, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the best course of action with Vijaya Gadde, the company’s legal chief, and a number of other Twitter executives, according to Breitbart.
Dorsey approved a permanent ban.
However, he would later post a series of tweets noting his worries about doing so and his power to heavily influence “the global public conversation.”
Read more at NBC News here.