Looks like Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is finally taking a cue from Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s playbook, chiefly by permitting former President Donald Trump to return to the social media platform.
Nick Clegg, President of Facebook’s Global Affairs, made his announcement regarding the controversial decision crisp and clear.
“We will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks,” Clegg announced in a matter-of-fact manner.
The decision was met with mixed results, with some surprisingly support emerging from more leftist camps.
One such camp includes the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), widely known for being one of the most “progressive” organizations in the nation.
However, as detailed by Executive Director Anthony Romero, Trump, like it or not, has an absolute right to be on the platform.
“Like it or not, President Trump is one of the country’s leading political figures and the public has a strong interest in hearing his speech,” Romero declared.
Of course, Romero had to add in a little dig suggesting that Trump is a criminal.
“Indeed, some of Trump’s most offensive social media posts ended up being critical evidence in lawsuits filed against him and his administration,” Romero added pointedly.
Right. The same could be said about a number of other so-called representatives online.
However, at least Romero clearly values liberty enough to see the complete insanity in banning Trump in the first place.
The same cannot be said for other media groups, which had a decidedly more hysterical reaction to the reinstatement of Trump.
Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, for instance, immediately began to rant and rave about how Facebook is apparently “fueling” the “misinformation engine” of Trump.
“Make no mistake – by allowing Donald Trump back on its platforms, Meta is refueling Trump’s misinformation and extremism engine,” he raged.
Carusone did not specify the type of misinformation Trump allegedly spews, but he did continue to rant in rave in terms of generalities.
“This not only will have an impact on Instagram and Facebook users, but it also presents intensified threats to civil society and an existential threat to United States democracy as a whole,” he continued, rampaging away about the apparent evils of permitting Trump to resume his presence on social media.
Curiously, Carusone does not seem nearly as passionate about bonafide dictators continuing to use American social media platforms.
Despite being vindicated, Trump made it clear that social media executives made a terrible decision when banning him in the first place.
“Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” Trump proclaimed.
Author: Ofelia Thornton