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Republicans Vow to Break Up Facebook After Oversight Board Upholds Trump Ban

'Facebook and Twitter and others have clearly established two different sets of rules'

 on 5th May 2021 @ 9.00pm
facebook   s    supreme court    upheld the blacklisting of trump   s accounts © press
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” upheld the blacklisting of Trump’s accounts

Republican lawmakers are vowing to break up social media giant Facebook after its left-wing Oversight Board upheld an indefinite ban on President Trump on Wednesday.

"It is a sad day for America," Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows told "America's Newsroom."

"It’s a sad day for Facebook because I can tell you, a number of members of Congress are now looking at: Do they break up Facebook, do they make sure that they don't have a monopoly?"

"And I can tell you that it is two different standards, one for Donald Trump and one for a number of other people that are on their sites."

"Facebook and Twitter and others have clearly established two different sets of rules."

"One if you’re a conservative or a Republican or have a different ideology than them and one if you’re a liberal," Corey Lewandowski, Trump's longtime political adviser, said in a radio interview.

facebook s oversight board said it was  not appropriate  to impose the  indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension © press
Facebook's Oversight Board said it was 'not appropriate' to impose the 'indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension'

"This 'decision' is absurd," Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter.

"Facebook’s decision to uphold its ban on President Donald Trump is extremely disappointing," Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a statement.

"It’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg views himself as the arbiter of free speech."

Facebook’s “Supreme Court” upheld the blacklisting of Trump’s accounts temporarily, giving Facebook another six months to announce whether it will be lifting the suspension or deleting Trump’s pages.

Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld Trump's ban from Facebook and Instagram but said it was "not appropriate" to impose the "indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension."

"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," the board said in a statement.

 facebook is more interested in acting like a democrat super pac than a platform for free speech and open debate   mccarthy wrote © press
'Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate,' McCarthy wrote

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a warning for Big Tech:

"Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate," McCarthy wrote on Twitter.

"If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next. A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech."

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote on Twitter:

"Big tech thinks it can control everything. Companies that censor Americans while giving brutal dictators a pass should not have free rein over your personal data to use for their benefit. I introduced the DATA Act to hold big tech accountable."

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley also blasted Facebook:

"Facebook and Twitter ban a former U.S. President, yet, some of the world’s worst dictators, terrorists, and bad actors still have a platform."

"This is a gross double standard, and it’s why most Americans don't trust big tech."

Rachel Bovard of the Conservative Partnership Institute wrote:

"The Facebook Oversight Board is a dumb distraction from the actual issue of Facebook's hegemonic control over global political speech, reinforced today by the platform anointing itself with the moral authority to memory hole future world leaders at their own discretion."

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