Facebook Oversight Board Co-Chair on Trump Ban: We're 'Not Bound by First Amendment'
Trump is a 'customer and he is not a citizen of Facebook'
The co-chair of Facebook's Oversight Board Michael McConnell claimed it was Donald Trump's "own actions" that are to blame for his continued ban from the platform.
McConnell said because Facebook is a private company, the First Amendment does not bind them.
“On January 6, President Trump issued those statements as a mob was rampaging through the Capitol, as members of Congress cowering in fear, as the rioters were threatening Vice President Pence’s life and at that time he issued he issued these statements which were just egging on — with perfunctory asking for peace but mostly he was egging them on to continue.
"This is a plain violation of Facebook’s rules against praising dangerous individuals and organizations at a time of violence," he said.
"So Mr. Trump is subject to the same rules as everyone else.”
“Private companies are not bound by the First Amendment."
"So he has First Amendment rights. He’s a customer.
"Facebook is not a government, and he is not a citizen of Facebook.”
Anchor Chris Wallace said:
“The argument is that Facebook and Twitter and other platforms have become so big that they can in effect silence people in the digital age, and the argument is, yes, President Trump is able to speak, but it’s not a matter of freedom of speech, it’s a freedom of reach.
"How do you respond to that?”
“Remember Mr. Trump is the one who issued those inflammatory posts at the very time when rioters were invading Congress and shutting down the constitutionally prescribed process for counting electoral votes."
"He issued those posts. He is responsible for doing that."
"He bears responsibility for his own situation.
"He put himself in this bed, and he can sleep in it.”
Neon Nettle reported that Republican lawmakers are now vowing to break up social media giant Facebook after its left-wing Oversight Board upheld an indefinite ban on Trump last week.
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.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed for removing special protections social media platforms enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
"They should not be protected from lawsuits by Section 230 that gives them immunity."
"If they want to pick and choose what can be said on a platform and who can be on the platform itself –taking off the former President of the United States — Section 230 should be removed.”