Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) and the lesser-known Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Monday are angry with Meta for its decision to unban former President Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram, saying the move to no longer censor a former sitting U.S. president is “inexplicable.”
It was last week when Meta said it would end Trump’s ban across its platforms, which were put in place after protests at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Nick Clegg, who serves as president of global affairs at Meta, announced Trump’s ban would be undone “in the coming weeks.”
Schiff and Whitehouse have lambasted Meta’s move, arguing Trump should remain unable to utilize a significant portion of the world’s largest public square.
“Based on Meta’s previous statements on standards for allowing Trump back on the platform, his account should not have been reinstated,” Schiff and Whitehouse asserted in a letter to Clegg Monday, charging that Trump has “continued to post harmful election content on Truth Social that would likely violate Facebook’s policies, and we have every reason to believe he will bring similar conspiratorial rhetoric back to Facebook, too.”
The pair added: “How Facebook could reinstate his account, given all the additional content on Truth Social that would likely have resulted in a brand-new suspension if it were on your platform, is inexplicable.”
Schiff and Whitehouse also requested that Meta come up with a report on the company’s attempts to “uphold election integrity and not allow their platform to be used to spread conspiracy theories and election lies.”
“[W]e believe that part of Meta’s commitment to election integrity should be ensuring that those who maintain the unfounded, dangerous narrative of the 2020 election are not allowed or encouraged to spread the lie in any form,” they wrote.
“It is not clear in this decision where Meta will draw the line ‘between content that is harmful and should be removed, and content that, however distasteful or inaccurate, is part of the rough and tumble of life in a free society’ and we would greatly appreciate further clarity on this matter.”
Schiff himself has been no stranger to controversy. The California congressman recently appeared for an interview on the far-left outlet CNN, only to be told that claims he made surrounding the Trump-Russia hoax “turned out not to be true.”
Those interested in seeing Schiff attempt to justify his lies can do so below:
"Ahead of the first Trump impeachment, you said the committee had not spoken to a whistleblower. In fact, that turned out not to be true."
ADAM SCHIFF: "I should've been more clear." pic.twitter.com/6qZsQbTwdE
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