Facebook’s Content Advisory Council, the independent body that oversees what is published on the social network and what the consequences are, this Wednesday approved the closure of the account of former US President Donald Trump, claiming that he was having his messages “created an environment” where there was a serious risk of violence. “
Facebook closed Trump’s account after encouraging followers to march to the Capitol on Jan. 6. In a controversial speech, the New York tycoon questioned the legitimacy of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.
It was initially a temporary measure but became final the next day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. legislature’s seat. The content advisory board had the last word and with a binding decision ruled out a possible reopening of the account.
“The council has come to the conclusion that by maintaining an unsubstantiated portrayal of electoral fraud and repeated calls to action, Trump has created an environment in which a serious risk of violence is possible,” noted the experts, who see a risk “clearly and immediately” the messages that the president published in early January.
They therefore consider that the closure of the account was “justified” despite the fact that they distort the social network that has imposed an indefinite suspension without making clear the criterion for which they propose that the company do so within six months “re-examine” the decision and decide “the appropriate penalty”.
Facebook’s wasn’t the only veto from Trump, who also stayed away from Twitter, a social network he used before and after arriving at the White House to expand the reach of his message and even make public political announcements.