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i have been having convos with people for months about whether trump is, himself, a platform as formidable as some of the platforms he uses (or whether it’s just that the presidency is the powerful platform). i think we’re about to get some answers https://t.co/8QTPWxt69A— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) January 7, 2021
Four years into this mess, let’s not applaud Facebook and Twitter for finally acting against the daily toxic soup of Trump only after a shocking act of treasonous insurrection. They’ve profited from this every day while avoiding accountability. Let’s get real.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) January 7, 2021
Who thinks it's a coincidence that the day Mark Zuckerberg decided to grow a conscience and kick Trump off his platform is the same day the election ousting Trump from power was certified? These men are both directly responsible for yesterday's events + neither has a moral spine. https://t.co/kGsjATZy3N— Tara McGowan (@taraemcg) January 7, 2021
Facebook and Twitter are profoundly culpable. A future at their mercy is intolerable. They must permanently end Trump’s access to the global info bloodstream. Jan 20 is not enough. They don’t have to love democracy, just cravenly respond to new political winds. @FBoversight 2/3— Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff) January 7, 2021
I worked w/ Facebook to combat disinformation & hate on social media platforms before Trump was elected. We organized 5 great hackathons around the world. As soon as Trump was elected, the funding was cut. Why? They wanted to cater to Trump's agenda & priorities.— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 7, 2021
4 years wasted.
Two weeks before his term ends, the president is being deplatformed. He's indefinitely banned from Facebook and Instagram, his Twitter access is suspended and Shopify just shut down his campaign's online store.— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) January 7, 2021
Facebook really impeached Trump before the Senate would.— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) January 7, 2021
The same Facebook that weaponized the Trump era to grow its market value by 120%, helping its founder gain $43 billion since Trump took office.
One Facebook worker to me on Trump's indefinite suspension from the platform: "All it took was an armed insurrection of the cap building and two weeks left of his presidency."— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
- they found out all the regulatory bodies would be led by democrats— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) January 7, 2021
I am worried that pushing Trump off Twitter/Facebook will make him decamp to Parler, which will become an even nuttier echo chamber where he's never contradicted, and he will foment a movement of millions of delusional right-wingers, overlooked by the mainstream until too late.— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) January 7, 2021
this is what i wrote in 2018 about the Alex Jones deplatforming...feels so similar to the approach of Trump. just a refusal to see where this was going and then...once it becomes too bad...total reversals. what a waste of all our time. https://t.co/yzvoV05Nao— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) January 7, 2021
We've assessed two policy violations against President Trump's Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time.— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
It’s purely a coincidence that Facebook finally banned Trump the day after Democrats took full control of the government, don’t even think about that— Jeff Bercovici (@jeffbercovici) January 7, 2021
At Facebook's all hands meeting happening right now, Mark Zuckerberg called yesterday's event's "an insurrection." He says he is appalled. He mentions that he is ashamed at how white rioters were treated versus Black protestors earlier this year. This thread will follow the call.— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
On Facebook's internal workplace forum, employees are reacting ecstatically to Zuckerberg's post, which is the same one he made publicly. Some of the reactions:— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
"Thanks Mark. Proud to work here."
"THIS. IS. BRILLIANT."
"[Prayer hands emoji]"
there isn't really gonna be a time when we can all look back and laugh at this so we might as well do it now: it's funny as hell that Trump has essentially been soft-25th Amendment'd and it was done principally and to greatest effect by taking away his Facebook and Twitter— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) January 7, 2021
You forgot to mention that we, at Facebook and Instagram, have been clear for years that we believe regulation around harmful content would be a good thing. That gets tricky when elected officials start violating rules, but is still an idea worth pursuing.— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) January 7, 2021
Right on cue, Zuckerberg announces changes to the Q&A format. It is now being led by someone from the Facebook comms team and the questions are pre-recorded by employees. This is the company moving away from internal transparency.— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
Former moderator here; with heavy emphasis on former. Dude violated the rules there *all* the time; as moderators we constantly marked his posts for deletion. But higher-ups decided money was more important than democracy.— Chase Wolf ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 🏳️🌈 (@Chase_WolfBTG) January 7, 2021
Jack, Zuck, et. all need held accountable. https://t.co/iyUyRqOFCo
It's worth noting that Zuckerberg and his executives have not once mentioned the "Stop The Steal" or secession groups that organized on Facebook's platforms ahead of Wednesday's insurrection.— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
“Now that all of the horses are out of the corral, and the Capital has been trashed, and people are dead, and the presence of white nationalism is permanently embedded in our body politic, we at Facebook kinda feel like, hey, man, not cool. Two week suspension.” https://t.co/42kil3ZTkE— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 7, 2021
1pm, @jack arrives @twitter— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) January 7, 2021
1:30: board call
"Even @facebook looks less shitty than us"
"I'd rather not be remembered as the director who enabled this."
"We can't just label his damn tweets"
"Jack, are you asleep?"
Prediction: By COB, @potus account suspended
We believe the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great, so we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks. pic.twitter.com/JkyGOTYB1Z— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
to hear twitter and facebook tell it, their actions are mostly passive adherence to rules, or, at most, active enforcement. never has this absurdity been so obvious: they make the rules! they enforce the rules! and yet their hands are always tied until suddenly they're not— John Herrman (@jwherrman) January 7, 2021
You can like or dislike the fact that FB’s decision-making process appears to be nested within US politics.— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) January 7, 2021
But you can’t get around the fact that FB assuaged Trump for most of his term and gave him the boot at the moment that his political power crashed.
Facebook just banned Trump!— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 7, 2021
Retweet and tell @Twitter and @jack--
Suspending Trump for a FEW HOURS for inciting a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol is NOT ENOUGH.
Stop letting Trump use Twitter to incite violence and undermine democracy!#BanTrumpSaveDemocracy pic.twitter.com/Z6rlbcYVOD
No one gets credit for finding their conscience with 325 hours left in Trump's presidency— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 7, 2021
JUST IN: Former first lady Michelle Obama calls on tech companies to permanently ban President Trump from their platforms and put policies in place “to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection.” pic.twitter.com/QLR7h2M1rF— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2021
Reminder: A thing about FB's 2-week Trump ban:— CeciliaKang (@ceciliakang) January 7, 2021
If Trump declares a 2024 run on inauguration day, he will remain a public figure and he will be afforded broad political speech privileges on Facebook.
So there's that
Sure, but I think it’s notable that after all the process and scaffolding they built to assure people that this was not just CEOs Reacting To Stuff, it is, in fact, just CEOs Reacting To Stuff.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 7, 2021
“Banning” Trump for two weeks is the equivalent of kneeling down to end a football game. This isn’t something heroic, it’s the easiest call in the world to let the “clock” win it for you. It’s the right call, but let’s not get carried away that it was a hard one.— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) January 7, 2021
This gives Facebook/tech/Zuck THE MOST POWER. If he can shut the president up/off he can shut any of us up/off— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) January 7, 2021
So Trump has access to the nuclear codes but he can't Tweet or post to Facebook.— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) January 7, 2021
Hi! I worked at Facebook on misinfo. This is an incredibly courageous step by the company.— Mary Minno Ioannidis (@marycminno) January 7, 2021
I hope your coverage includes perspectives from the many employees both past and present who applaud this decision.
i am worried that this whole thing is being absorbed into the security state & will be used to come down harder on left movements but "if facebook can ban trump they can ban anybody" is a weird take. they could already do that! leftists have been visited by feds over posts! what!— Lana 🪐 (@mechapoetic) January 8, 2021
Now Facebook won’t have to deal with a Republican-led Congress attacking it for anti-conservative bias, it suddenly got so brave!— Josh Constine -SignalFire (@JoshConstine) January 7, 2021
Courage would’ve been doing what’s right despite the backlash
I am glad to see @facebook & @instagram ban the President from their platforms through the end of his presidency. I am once again urging @jack to immediately suspend the @realDonaldTrump @Twitter account for the next 13 days in the interest of public safety. @TwitterSafety https://t.co/dXpp4SNeMr— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) January 7, 2021
"Twitter isn't real life", but the platform policy conversation that is mostly incubated here and that dominates policy circles continues to be worryingly moralistic and simple.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) January 7, 2021
There is no easy answer to "how should billionaire CEOs protect us from reality-star politicians?"
BREAKING: Facebook blocks Trump from accessing his accounts indefinitely, per Zuckerberg. "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great." https://t.co/8iXbkgDV9O pic.twitter.com/IGmHkieG8L— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) January 7, 2021
The debates on here are beyond simplistic especially as there are some 3rd rails people ignore. These entities have no accountability or incentive to stop spreading misinformation— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) January 7, 2021
The idea it’s a social media problem is willful blindness.
Given the exceptional circumstances, and the fact that the President has decided to condone rather than condemn yesterday’s violence at the Capital, we are extending the block we have placed on his accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks.— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) January 7, 2021
An edit, for Mark, for accuracy: "Over the past several years, Facebook has reinterpreted and rewritten its rules to allow Donald Trump to continue to use its platform."— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 7, 2021
Everyone who works for Facebook, especially the policy side, knows this is what's been going on. pic.twitter.com/Wn3KZNpqm1
Zuckerberg passes call off to FB execs Monika Bickert and Guy Rosen. FB will be removing posts celebrating yesterday's events. Much of this stuff isn't new and was announced Weds. They're continuing to call the block on Trump's accounts "indefinite" at least thru inauguration.— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 7, 2021
In the wake of US #CapitolRiots, MEPs say the Digital Services Act #DSA should double down on the spread of conspiratorial content & @VeraJourova told us the code of practice against disinformation could be used as a risk-mitigating metric in the rules: https://t.co/T7c85CLCeZ— Samuel Stolton (@SamuelStolton) January 8, 2021
The riots have been fuelled by online conspiracy theories so successful they have subverted the trust of many in basic democratic institutions.— Kris Peeters (@peeters_kris1) January 8, 2021
We must improve transparency & enforcement, especially on how disinformation is shared & amplified.@EPPGroup https://t.co/jltiJLRsT4
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TWITTER BAN CAME TOO LATE— Bombshell DAILY 💣 (@BombshellDAILY) January 9, 2021
Relaxing security violations for the President alone resulted in violence. Twitter is partly to blame for allowing the hate speech, and abusive rhetoric to foment. @jack #culpability #speech @twittersecurity @NSAGov @cia @FBI https://t.co/fwFERJ3xWv
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