May 5, 2021


Donald Trump Responds: Donald Trump lashed out at three of the biggest tech giants after Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the social media platform’s ban on him.

“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Donald Trump said in a statement.

Trump also began fundraising off of the Facebook announcement, texting supporters with a link to donate to his joint fundraising committee “Save America”. The webpage said:

“President Trump is still BANNED from Facebook! Ridiculous! We are handing him a Donor List with the names of EVERY PATRIOT who publicly stood with THEIR PRESIDENT when the Left came after him. If you step up in the NEXT 10 MINUTES, we’ll make sure your name is the FIRST name on the list. Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to stand with President Trump and to get your name at the TOP of the Official Donor List!”

The day after the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, the social media giant barred Donald Trump from using its websites, including Facebook and Instagram. By maintaining a narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen; Trump “created an atmosphere where a significant risk of violence was possible,” according to the board.

Netizens react to Donald Trump’s Oversight Board upheld

Some of Trump’s GOP allies also denounced the decision to keep the ban. Trump’s last White House chief, Mark Meadows criticized the influence that big tech companies have on free speech, saying:

“Google and Facebook and YouTube actually control much of what America sees, whether it’s you and I talking right now and it gets reposted on any of those platforms, they have the ability to actually raise that profile or lower it. And so it is time that we break up big tech, not just regulate them.”

Democrats applauded the oversight board’s decision. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; tweeted: “There’s no Constitutional protection for using social media to incite an insurrection. Trump is willing to do anything for himself no matter the danger to our country. His big lies have cost America dearly. And until he stops, Facebook must ban him. Which is to say, forever.”

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