Allowing Trump back on the platform, according to 30 advocacy groups, will put “lives and democracy at risk.”
In order to defend “American lives and democracy,” more than 30 nonprofit advocacy organizations have urged Facebook to make Donald Trump’s suspension permanent.
The coalition voiced “grave concern” in a letter addressed Thursday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressing “grave concern” over the recent move to suspend former President Barack Obama until 2023.
The letter stated, “It is deplorable that you would even consider giving Donald Trump a second opportunity knowing full well what he will do with it.” “You’d be providing him the megaphone with which he instigated an uprising – all without making meaningful design or enforcement adjustments to prevent the worst from happening again.”
Last Monday, Facebook announced that Trump’s suspension on the network would be extended until Jan. 7, 2023, two years after his access was first revoked following the horrific attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
In a blog post, Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president for global affairs, wrote, “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules that merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols.”
The two-year ban, according to Trump, is a “insult to the record-setting 75 million people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election,” as well as an act of censorship.
“They shouldn’t be able to get away with this censorship and silence, and we will triumph in the end. This abuse will no longer be tolerated in our country!” In a statement, Trump stated.
Facebook will reevaluate whether the risk to public safety has subsided at the end of the two-year period. If Trump’s suspension is removed, he will face harsher penalties if he continues to violate the law.
If Facebook determines that there is still a “severe risk,” the suspension will be extended and the company will continue to re-evaluate until the threat has passed.
Media Matters for America, Accountable Tech, the Anti-Defamation League, the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and other advocacy groups encouraged Zuckerberg to take a different approach and permanently remove Trump.
“If you move forward with this course of action, you will be knowingly putting American lives and democracy at risk,” the letter read. “The undersigned. This is a brief summary.