Facebook’s Non-Decision on Making its Ban of Trump Permanent
We begin with the decision or non-decision by Facebook to maintain its ban against Donald Trump on its platform which was enacted on January 7, the day after the attack on the Capitol that Trump instigated. Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter and columnist at The Los Angeles Times who writes the twice weekly “Golden State” column and is the author of Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America, joins us. We discuss his latest column at The Los Angeles Times, “Facebook’s non-decision on banning Trump does no one any good” and how Zuckerberg punted in handing the decision to ban Trump to the Facebook Oversight Board which in turn upheld the ban but punted on the most important decision to make the ban temporary or permanent as is the case with Twitter’s banning of Trump. With Facebook unwilling to take responsibility for the enormous power it has as the main conduit for news and information, its efforts at content moderation are at best cosmetic since Trump is now leading a movement based on lies to overturn a democratic election and only a concerted defense of facts and truth can save American democracy from further ruination from this wannabe dictator.
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