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Trump's Facebook block should remain: The committee also reprimands punishment - ex-president rages


The banned ex-US president tries to get on social media through the back door. Meanwhile, Facebook announces that it will continue to ban Trump.

The banned ex-US president tries to get on social media through the back door.

Meanwhile, Facebook announces that it will continue to ban Trump.

Update from May 5, 9:04 p.m.:

Former US President Donald Trump has sharply criticized the continuation of his ban on the online platform Facebook

(see update from May 5, 3:15 p.m.)


The actions of Facebook, but also Twitter and Google are an "absolute disgrace," said Trump on Wednesday.

"Free speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because radical left-wing madmen are afraid of the truth."

The “corrupt social media” would have to pay a “political price”, declared the right-wing populist.

"What Facebook, Twitter and Google have done is an absolute shame and embarrassment for our country."

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed the responsibility of social media for spreading misinformation after the panel's decision.

US President Joe Biden believes that more needs to be done to ensure that "harmful, sometimes life-threatening information" does not reach the American public.

Psaki did not want to comment on the future of the former president in the networks.

Trump remains blocked on Facebook - but unlimited ban is "not appropriate"

Update from May 5, 3:15 p.m

.: Ex-US President Donald Trump remains blocked on Facebook - Facebook's independent supervisory body "Oversight Board" decided on Wednesday.

However, the social network also received a reprimand: the ban, which is unlimited in time, was "not appropriate," it said.

Facebook should check the facts again in the next six months.

According to a report in the

New York Times

, the panel

expressly stood

behind the original ban


Facebook blocked Trump after storming the Washington Capitol in January.

The continued risk of new violence justified the measure, it said.

The aim, however, should be a “defined punishment” instead of a temporary end.

Shortly before the groundbreaking decision: Trump launches his own "Twitter"

First message

: Palm Beach - Can Donald Trump * go back on Facebook?

A few hours before the decision is made, the ex-US President * rushes forward.

The banned from major online platforms has started a blog area on his website - from which the individual posts can also be shared on Twitter and Facebook.

A way to still effectively get his controversial views to his followers.

The blog area launched on Tuesday with the title “From Donald J. Trump's Desk” is reminiscent of Twitter, except that only Trump sends. It is still a second class presence so far. You cannot follow Trump directly. As a reminder: he once had more than 80 million followers on Twitter. A Twitter spokesman said it was generally allowed to share content on Twitter, as long as it did not violate the platform's guidelines. Facebook initially did not comment on the Trump plan.

Facebook, Twitter and Youtube blocked Trump * shortly before the end of his term in office.

The trigger was the storming of the US Capitol * by his supporters - and that he expressed sympathy for the attackers *.

In addition, he claimed for weeks without any evidence that his victory in the 2020 presidential election had been "stolen", thus fueling tensions.


Twitter has emphasized that Donald Trump has no direct route back to the platform.

© Arnulf Hettrich / Imago

Twitter blocks Trump - Youtube wants to unblock him again when the risk of violence has decreased

Twitter has already emphasized that there is no direct way back to the platform for Trump.

Google's video platform Youtube, on the other hand, wants to unblock its profile when “the risk of violence has decreased”.

Facebook's independent supervisory body wants to announce its decision on Trump's suspension this Wednesday afternoon.

The “Oversight Board”, consisting of legal experts, activists and former politicians, is a kind of “Supreme Court” of Facebook, whose decisions even boss Mark Zuckerberg cannot overrule.

The money for the supervisory body was provided by Facebook - but is in a trust company, which is supposed to ensure independence.

In the few previous decisions, the Oversight Board has already reversed several blocks of content by Facebook.

(dpa / AFP / frs)

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Source: merkur

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