A member of Facebook 's Oversight Board has said their upcoming decision on whether or not to permanently ban former president Donald Trump from the platform will be "controversial." The social media giant temporarily banned the former president in January after the Capitol riots last year, which he was accused of inciting. Trump has denied this claim. Facebook's Oversight Board is a committee made up for 19 members from a variety of backgrounds and professions tasked with ruling over the platform's moderation decisions. It is in the process of deciding if and when Trump's ban should be lifted. Board member Helle Thorning -Schmidt, a former Danish Prime Minister, told the Wall Street Journal 's The Journal podcast she anticipated the board's result would be criticized regardless of the decision. She said the board was approaching questions such as whether there should be certain limitations for a politician, and whether a person's public profile should … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Facebook Ban Decision Will Be ‘Controversial’ Says Oversight Board Member
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WASHINGTON DC: Ninety minutes before rioters stormed Capitol Hill, US president Donald Trump addressed many of the same people using unequivocally inciteful language. “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Mr Trump said. “You have to show strength.” His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also called on the crowd to conduct “trial by combat”. A mob made up of “Make America Great Again” protesters, Proud Boys and other far-right groups took them at their word. What followed was desecration. READ: Woman shot in US Capitol unrest has died READ: Guns and tear gas in US Capitol as Trump supporters attempt to overturn his loss ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE’ Four years after Mr Trump warned of “American carnage” in his inaugural address, he got what he wanted. The scenes of insurrectionists, some of them armed, ransacking Congress will go down in infamy in American democracy. Nobody should feign surprise. Mr Trump has been vowing to “take back control” since before he … [Read more...] about Commentary: The nightmarish end to Donald Trump’s presidency
SINGAPORE: The metaphorical control panel in US President Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters flashes red. A strong Republican National Convention (RNC) week culminating with Trump’s acceptance speech could change the campaign’s dynamic. Trump must find a way to raise his approval rating, now below what any incumbent has needed to get re-elected. That will be even more challenging as the deaths from the pandemic continue to mount and more scandals hit close to home. READ: Commentary: How Tencent became world’s most valuable social media company – and then everything changed READ: Commentary: WeChat ban a formidable weapon in US-China trade war A TALL ORDER Last week alone, a Senate report described Trump's 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort's receptivity to Russian outreach as a “grave counter-intelligence threat". Those same few days also saw the arrest of former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon for bilking Trump's base through his We Build the … [Read more...] about Commentary: Donald Trump aims to win the US election, one way or another
SINGAPORE: There are two interpretations of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to leave up US President Donald Trump's recent post about protests over George Floyd's killing, and Zuckerberg’s subsequent promise of a policy review. One is that Zuckerberg is a principled advocate of free expression struggling with a hard case. The second is that the billionaire is bending principles to avoid crossing Trump, out of fear of Trump’s bluster about retaliation against Big Tech. A SWIFT U-TURN? Early on Friday morning (May 29), Trump cross-posted to Twitter and Facebook about violent protests against the police killing of George Floyd: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to [Minnesota] Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter labelled it as “glorifying violence” , but Zuckerberg … [Read more...] about Commentary: Is Facebook cosying up to US President Donald Trump?
President Biden Joe Biden Biden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE has spent his first five weeks in office peeling back his predecessor's legacy, one executive action at a time. On Sunday, former President Trump Donald Trump Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE will take his first opportunity to respond. Biden moved on his first day in office to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, cut off funding for the border wall, reverse Trump’s travel ban and recommit to the World Health Organization. And the president’s rhetoric is regularly filled with swipes at Trump’s bungled handling of the coronavirus … [Read more...] about Trump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden