Facebook Oversight Board that upheld Trump ban mostly tied to Soros

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by Tori Richards, Washington Examiner:

The Facebook Oversight Board that upheld the site’s ban on President Donald Trump overwhelmingly has ties to George Soros and leftist agendas — though numerous members claim that they support free speech.

The 20-member panel directed Facebook to review Trump’s account within six months to justify further expulsion, saying it did not favor a permanent block. Trump was removed following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, has been Facebook’s biggest critic in Congress and is the author of a new book titled The Tyranny of Big Tech. He dismissed the claim that the Oversight Board is an independent body.

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“This is a fake court set up by Facebook to allow Facebook to do whatever Facebook wants to do,” Hawley declared Wednesday on the Bannon’s War Room podcast. “This is not surprising at all. This is what Facebook does all the time. This is what you can do with your monopoly because there is no accountability … Facebook doesn’t care. They don’t have any real competition, so they can go out there and suspend/deplatform a U.S. sitting president.”

The decision was prepared by a panel of five members and approved by a majority of the board. The names of the panelists and a breakdown of the vote were not listed. The board was selected with a global perspective of “people who have demonstrated a proficiency in questions of online content moderation and a history of working with others on difficult problems towards a common goal.”

Among the group are two anti-Trump members who have previously disparaged him on Twitter.

“God forbid if Trump becomes the president, this will be my last visit to US #TrumpWantsTheWall #Debate,” wrote Nighat Dad a month before the 2016 election.

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