Recently, Nick Clegg, who is Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs, finally went public with his defence of the company’s choice to suspend former President Donald Trump for two years.
This past Sunday, Clegg appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos in order to issue a defence for Facebook after Trump issued rightful criticisms at the social media platform in a release and then again during his speech given in North Carolina back on Saturday evening. Clegg stated that the decision made by the company was not made as a way to appease either side of the political aisles, but in order to be “fair, transparent and proportionate.”
“We understand that making a decision like this is controversial. It’s shouted out, if you like, from both sides, from those people who feel Donald Trump should be back on the platform immediately and from those who say he should be banned forever. It receives criticism from all sides,” stated Clegg in his interview with Stephanopoulos.
“Our job is not to take these decisions with an eye to which side of the political aisle is going to agree or disagree more with us, but just to do so in a way that is fair, transparent and proportionate,” he continued.
Clegg stated that the final decision to issue the 2-year ban to Trump came after harsh criticism from Facebook’s oversight board about suspending Trump permanently from the platform over comments he issued on January 6th about the incident at the Capitol.
“Facebook was wrong to do [suspend Trump] in an indefinite way, an open-ended way, and that we needed to come up with clearer due process, clearer standards, clearer penalties, which we’ve now done,” stated Clegg. “We’ve now set out what penalties would apply to what I hope will remain these very rare cases where a public individual uses our apps and services to say things in a way which foments or, in his case, praises rioters who were involved in violence ongoing at that very time.”
The first response from Trump came on Friday in the form of a statement slamming the social media giant.
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others,” stated Trump. “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”
The “Oversight Board” for Facebook issued the ruling back in May that the company’s decision to maintain the suspension of Trump back from January was completely justified, but that they should have defined more clearly the penalty rather than just kicking Trump off the platform for an unspecified amount of time.