Content posted “in the voice of Donald Trump” will end in removing and additional account limitations.
The removal of Donald Trump’s presence from the foremost populated spaces on the web has sparked quite the world’s talk. Everyone’s talking about free speech, censorship, and therefore the privileges of world leaders online (and if they ought to even have any).
While Trump does not have his own Facebook page, he briefly returned to the platform through somebody else.
Facebook Removes Video Interview Featuring Trump
After appearing during a video interview with Fox News commentator Lara Trump (who also happens to be his daughter-in-law), Facebook kicked former US President Donald Trump off the platform a second time.
After the video was removed, Lara posted screenshots of emails from Facebook staff to her page.
In a caption, she referenced George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy novel called “1984,” a few totalitarian regimes that shut down all communication modes that the govt does not sanction.
The full text of the email, as shown within the images, is as follows:
Hi folks, we are reaching bent; allow you to know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking. In line with the block, we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Other content posted within Donald Trump’s voice will be removed, and additional limitations on the charges.
Facebook banned Donald Trump soon after posting content allegedly encouraging the behavior that led to Capitol Hill’s storming last January.
We’re still waiting on the decision from the Facebook Oversight Board on whether his ban is permanent. Still, perhaps that’s irrelevant considering Trump claims to return to social media via his network anyway.
Trump’s Banned From Everywhere, So He’s Making His Own Platform
Discussion of Trump creating his own social media platform began in February, soon after being banned from almost every corner of the web. Following his bans from Facebook and Instagram, Trump’s account was faraway from Snapchat.
Entertainment platforms didn’t want to offer Trump an area to talk, either. Twitch banned Trump, and YouTube suspended uploads to Trump’s channel.
Before this story, we’ve not heard anything from Facebook about banning content containing “the voice of Trump.” Facebook Newsroom hasn’t posted any statements on the way, so this “rule” must be new. News outlets have posted videos of Trump speaking since his ban, though.
Maybe it depends on the context or whether the poster is what the platform deems a reputable source. Facebook has been performing on its putting tons of effort into improving its AI, after all.