Is this website totally against Trump

Donald Trump is not allowed to return to Facebook for the time being

On Wednesday, Facebook's "Oversight Board" announced that it would uphold the ban on ex-President Donald Trump. This was thrown from almost all social networks at the beginning of January as a result of the violent storm on the US Capitol. At the same time, however, the panel criticized the fact that an indefinite ban was not based on any company-internal rule. These rules, however, would provide for either the removal of content, the imposition of temporary bans or the permanent deactivation of the account.

Facebook should therefore re-examine the matter within the next six months, "to determine and justify a proportionate reaction," reads the verdict. This is intended to determine a rule-compliant response. The Oversight Board also made several recommendations "for the development of clear, necessary and proportional regulations" that respect public safety and freedom of expression.

Powerful platforms

The bans at the time also caused heated discussions about the far-reaching power of large social media platforms. The criticism quickly arose that Facebook, Twitter and Co had a political bias towards conservative personalities. The platforms themselves, however, refer to their house rules. Because the innumerable violations of several terms of use allow the removal of any user.

However, no reason for this will be communicated to persons affected by account blocks. In order to be able to lodge a complaint, however, they would have to find out what they are being accused of. In Trump's case this was relatively clear, but due to his position as head of government of the USA at the time, the deletion had a correspondingly high explosive power. Transparent communication might have smoothed things out.

No access to data

However, any criticism does not seem to really bother the platform operators themselves. Accordingly, there is no access to the data on which moderation decisions are based - and indeed on none of the platforms worth mentioning. This is also problematic because there is currently no real leverage to gain a deeper insight.

The Digital Services Act (DSA) of the EU could change something in this regard. The legislative package that is currently being negotiated is intended to re-regulate issues such as increased transparency with regard to moderation decisions, complaint processes, algorithms and how they work. However, it could be years before the DSA comes into force.

Press releases and a blog

Trump himself was already adapting his communication strategies to the new circumstances. At the end of April, the businessman announced that he would now find press releases "more elegant" than Twitter. His former favorite social network is "now very boring". It was also announced on Tuesday that he would like to communicate with his supporters through his own website. There he set up a blog area, the published messages are externally reminiscent of Twitter - but where there are only contributions from Trump. There, his followers have the opportunity to share his messages on Twitter and Facebook. (mick, 5.5.2021)