GOP Officials Talk of Breaking Up Facebook After Trump Ban
“It is a sad day for America. 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?” Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said on Fox News during “America’s Newsroom.”
“I can tell you,” he said, “that it is two different standards, one for Donald Trump and one for a number of other people that are on their sites.”
Facebook banned Trump “indefinitely” after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, which many have accused him of inciting with claims of a stolen election. During the siege, five people died as hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the federal building, disrupting Congress’ certification of Electoral College votes from the 2020 election.
The tech giant claimed Trump’s communications both on and outside its social media platform violated community guidelines, according to the case detail released by its Oversight Board.
Although the board sided with Facebook and upheld the ban in its decision on Wednesday, It found the company had violated its own rules in making the suspension “indefinite.” It called for a further review in six months.