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Wed May 5, 2021, 12:15 AM

To The Facebook Oversight Board

To The Facebook Oversight Board --

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When you 'rule' on whether Donald Trump can rejoin Facebook, remember that it is public knowledge in the U.S. that

-- during Trump's presidency you allowed him to break your Terms of Service countless times without suspending him;
-- during his presidency you allowed him to post fundraising issues to solicit followers' donations;
-- from Nov 4 2020 until Jan 6 you allowed his 2000+ posts to claim that the 2020 election was stolen, which led to his 'friends' storming the U.S. Capitol on his behalf on Jan 6 to literally stop Congress from certifying America's popular and electoral vote;
-- you only suspended him when other platforms banned him for life;
-- he will use Facebook to post the same claims again;
-- you routinely suspend U.S. citizens for posts that don't adhere to your never-defined "Community" or its "Standards," suspensions that you base on other posters' "reports", with many suspensions lasting for at least a month at a time.


If you decide, one day short of four months of his attempt to delegitimize the election and incite seditious insurrection on Congress, that Trump may rejoin Facebook, you have shown that you are not a neutral platform in

-- your disregard for abuse of the First Amendment, since you would continue to allow a public figure to repeatedly yell "fire" in your platform theater when other platforms do not,
-- your accommodation of fake covid claims and fake covid cure claims,
-- your disregard for his followers to call their fellow Americans, once again, liars in their votes,
— your platform's support for his disproven claims about being elected "by a landslide" when other platforms do not,
-- your allowing his followers a platform to repeat his lies about popular vote fraud,
— your disregard for his and his believers’ predictable repeating of lies that Joe Biden's presidency is illegitimate,
— allowing him and his believers' continued poisoning of truthful public knowledge that Joe Biden is the legitimate president through their fellow Americans' popular vote (81+ million) and Electoral College votes,
-- your continued disregard for continued poisoning of democratic discourse that continues to cry "fire" on your platform,
-- your accommodation of debunked inflammatory conspiracist claims,
— your trustworthiness in promoting "community standards"
-- your pro-Trumpism,
-- your anti-democracy stance,
-- corporate disregard for who and what secures or endangers Americans' freedoms and democracy.


If you rule that Trump can rejoin Facebook, you, more than any social media platform, will prove that Facebook is not to be trusted by at least 81 million Americans who have the common sense to know factual truth from lies. You will prove to be unwilling to learn from history. As the boycotts continue against American companies, I'll be among the Americans who close their Facebook accounts, and you'll likely become Parler lite.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:17 AM

1. K&R

What little credibility FB has would disappear with t***p’s re-installment

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:58 AM

2. Can you share what address you sent this to? Thanks.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #2)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:09 AM

3. I'm posting it on Facebook. Gets a wider audience. It's probably my last post.

They'll probably meet by Zoom, anyway, right?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #2)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:13 AM

4. Also, here's the Oversight Board's Facebook page.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:28 AM

5. Have they accepted their responsibility

for the thousands of unnecessary American deaths from COVID that they helped to create by providing a platform for the malfeasant/misfeasant/nonfeasant Trump and his seditionist cult to gain and maintain power and play their dangerous games?

Have they explored what kind of damage they could do going forward should they choose to grant him that platform again?

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:47 AM

6. It's Already A Done Deal

They couldn't care less what us peasants think.

I'm glad I NEVER use Facebook. I won't have to worry about boycotting something I already boycott.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Reply #6)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:10 AM

8. We'll know by tomorrow morning, I hear.




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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:30 AM

9. this is a text test -- dammit I keep getting 403 Forbidden when I try a lengthy text. wtf

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:37 AM

10. A lot of people have disdain for Facebook, but it's given me great friend and family experiences...

along with regular posts from our party leaders ( Kamala Harris, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, AOC, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Tammy Duckworth, Chicago Mayor's Office, etc, etc), President Joe Biden, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Techdirt, Pew Research, NOVA/PBS, FRONTLINE/PBS, New York Times, WaPo, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, EcoWatch, Smithsonian Magazine, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Rev. William J. Barber, II, Deepak Chopra, Move To Amend, Being Liberal, 100 or more of my former students, my former colleagues, my adult kids in other states and Australia, friends from around the world...


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Response to ancianita (Reply #10)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:57 AM

11. I was listening to CNN radio while on a jog this evening and a reporter that they had on

covering it said that she heard that they were going to allow tRump back on with some caveats. I will likely either stop using FB or delete my account all together if that occurs.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #11)

Wed May 5, 2021, 03:00 AM

12. I hear you.

So for me, what Facebook decides is the principle of the ruling. Though it won't affect me personally, I'm letting FB's fake business ethics committee know it will affect much of our country politically.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 03:03 AM

13. And if you do allow Trump back on Facebook

I hope that Congress regulates the hell out of you.

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