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Trump Ban From Facebook To Last 2 Years Says Facebook

Posted in Commentary with tags , on June 4, 2021 by itnerd

It seems that Facebook is going to keep former President Donald Trump off of their platforms for 2 years. That’s all the way through January 2023 which means that assuming that he stays out of jail, and he behaves himself, he’ll be able to get back onto Facebook in time to take another run at being president:

We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts. Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.

At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.

When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.

In what seems to be a related announcement, a new strike system has been announced. That way users can know what actions will be taken depending on the policies that have been violated. I am going to go out on a limb and say Trump is going to be subject to this system.

Facebook’s full responses are available here. It’s worth reading as it seems detailed. But it really doesn’t change my mind about Facebook.

YouTube Has Extended Trump’s Suspension From The Platform….. Twice

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 27, 2021 by itnerd

YouTube on Tuesday said it is extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who’s been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12. Comments on Trump’s videos will also remain disabled indefinitely. Apparently, this is the second time that they have extended his ban:

“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to CNET. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.” YouTube first extended Trump’s suspension last week, saying it would reevaluate the situation in a week. The company gave no indication on Tuesday of how long the latest extension would last. 

YouTube has a three-strikes policy when it comes to policing its platform. Three infractions within a 90-day period results in being permanently kicked off the platform. The first strike typically comes with a one-week ban that prohibits the posting of new content. A second strike comes with a two-week ban.

To me, this sounds like Google who owns YouTube are trying to walk some sort of line. Clearly they think that Trump is a bad actor, but they don’t want to punt him from YouTube. So they extend this ban rather than Thanos snapping him out of existence. A bit of a weak response if you ask me. But I guess someone who makes a lot of money thought that this was the correct course of action.

YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel For At Least 7 Days

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 13, 2021 by itnerd

President Donald Trump’s problems in terms of being tossed off of social media are increasing. The news is out that YouTube has joined other social networks in punting him. This was announced by YouTube via a Tweet:

YouTube has barred new videos from being uploaded to Trump’s channel for at least seven days, citing violations of its policies and “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.”:

It’s the latest action against Trump after last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Twitter and Facebook have both also suspended or blocked the president’s accounts. YouTube issued “a strike” to Trump’s channel, and said comments would also be disabled indefinitely. The company also said it removed new content posted Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how quickly this migrates from being a 7 day ban to a permanent ban. Because it’s clear that Trump and his followers won’t moderate their behavior. Which means that everyone has to take their voices away so that they don’t continue to be poison in the political discourse.

BREAKING: Trump Tries And Apparently Fails To Circumvent Twitter Ban

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This didn’t take long.

Reports are now filtering in that President Donald Trump has tried to circumvent his Twitter ban by using the @POTUS account to air his grievances. But it doesn’t appear to be working because the Tweets keep disappearing. That suggests to me that Twitter is watching this account and nuking anything that appears to come from Trump. So what next? Does he try the @FLOTUS account? Or start using government department Twitter accounts to air his grievances?

This is going to be a long 12 days for Twitter.

BREAKING: Reddit Bans r/donaldtrump Forum For Inciting Violence

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This isn’t stoping.

Reddit has banned r/donaldtrump for encouraging and glorifying violence after Wednesday’s mob attack on the US Capitol:

Axios reporter Sara Fischer first reported the news, noting that the unofficial pro-Trump forum had been given multiple warnings. A Reddit splash page says the subreddit was “banned due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence.” The r/donaldtrump forum had approximately 52,000 members before its ban, according to an Internet Archive snapshot

“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed,” a Reddit spokesperson tells The Verge. “We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the US Capitol.”

Trump has the nuclear codes and command of the military. But he can’t be on Twitter or Reddit. It pretty much says everything doesn’t it? January 20th can’t come soon enough.

BREAKING: Twitter Suspends Trumps Twitter Account “Permanently”

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

Two days after being suspended for 12 hours if he didn’t delete three Tweets that led to violence on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is in trouble again with Twitter. But this time it looks like it will be permanent. Twitter has locked his Twitter account and put out these series of Tweets to explain why:

So just like that, Donald Trump and his 88 million or so followers are gone forever from Twitter. And unsurprisingly, his offspring are not happy:

This clown doesn’t get it. Or maybe he does and doesn’t want to admit it. Who knows? But daddy has used his Twitter account for years to spread lies, hate and incite violence. Sooner or later that was going to cross a line and today it has. And as a result Twitter snapped their fingers like Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame and he is gone along with his 88 million followers as if they were Thanos and his army.

Sorry for anyone who hasn’t seen that movie as that was a spoiler.

In any case, am I happy about this? Sure. But here’s the problem with this whole episode. Trump should have been kicked off Twitter years ago. Jack Dorsey who is the CEO of Twitter had ample opportunity to shut this clown down as he’s crossed these lines again and again and they didn’t. And as a result his influence over other humans who subscribe to Trump’s view of the universe grew. And this was happening long before he became president. And when he did become president it became worse as nobody wanted to take him on and introduce him to common decency. But that changed when a mob attacked the Capitol 14 days from the end of his presidency. Then Dorsey and company got the testicles to do something about it. It’s great that Twitter finally did the right thing, but they did an #EpicFail by not doing it sooner.

Now Facebook, and YouTube, will you do the right thing, as late as it might be? The world is watching.

BREAKING: Shopify Shuts Down Trump’s Online Stores

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 7, 2021 by itnerd

The fallout from yesterday’s violence on Capitol Hill that wasn’t incited by President Trump continues. Shopify has apparently shut down all Trump related stores on its platform as per this:

I am trying to find a statement from Shopify on this and at the moment I cannot. But I have confirmed that other media outlets are reporting this. For example The Wall Street Journal has a story behind its paywall on this. So this is yet another blow to Trump that you can file under too little, too late as these stores have funded his hate filled agenda for years and really should have been shut down long before now.

UPDATE: The closest thing to a statement from Shopify is this New York Times story.

BREAKING: Trump Banned From Facebook “Indefinitely”

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 7, 2021 by itnerd

I definitely didn’t have this on my apocalypse bingo card. The Washington Post is reporting that Facebook has banned President Donald Trump from its platform “indefinitely”. Though a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerberg nuances that:

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” he wrote. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.

I am sorry, but much like the temporary Twitter ban from yesterday, this is too little too late. Trump has used social media to spread hate, racism, and disinformation for years. Social media platforms could have dealt with this clown years ago. But it took a massive act of violence before they did anything about him. That’s a #Fail. And this ban by Facebook isn’t really a ban that lasts “indefinitely”. It’s a two week ban. That’s not good enough and Facebook needs to do better.

BREAKING: Twitter Locks Trump’s Account For At Least 12 Hours

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 6, 2021 by itnerd

Twitter has finally decided to take action against the Twitter account belonging to President Donald Trump because of the violence that happened today, and which was largely instigated by Trump. Twitter explained this move in a series of Tweets:

Here’s the problem with this. Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been a source of hate and despicable behavior for years. Everybody knows this. But it took the events of today for Twitter to finally do the right thing and shut this clown down. While that’s better than Facebook who has never done anything about Trump, and it is true that Twitter has flagged many of Trump’s Tweets for some time now, Twitter could have and should have done more. We might not be here watching the violence that is unfolding in Washington D.C. had Twitter done something earlier. To be clear, I am not blaming Twitter for what has and is happening today. But they could have done far more and far sooner. And the net result might have been that we might not be talking about this violence now.

UPDATE: Trump has apparently deleted the Tweets that prompted this action from Twitter.

UPDATE #2: YouTube and Facebook have taken down videos related to this incident. In a related note, Trump may get his Twitter account back at any time. God help the planet when that happens.

Trump Escalates His Section 230 Rants By Threatening Defense Spending

Posted in Commentary with tags , on December 3, 2020 by itnerd

Donald Trump must really hurting from #DiaperDon trending on Twitter as he’s now taken his Twitter rant and gone next level with it. He’s now serving up threats that if he doesn’t get his way by having congress repeal section 230, he’ll deprive the armed forces of funding:

President Donald Trump has long been an outspoken foe of big technology companies. And in recent months, he has focused his ire on Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that shields online platforms from liability for content posted by their users. In May, Trump called on the Federal Communications Commission to reinterpret the law — though it’s not clear the agency has the power to do that. Since then, he has tweeted about the issue incessantly. On Tuesday evening, Trump ratcheted up his campaign against Section 230. In a tweet, he called the law “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.” He warned that “if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.” 

The NDAA is a massive spending bill that Congress passes each year to authorize funding for the military. This year’s version, now under active discussion on Capitol Hill, is expected to cost around $740 billion. The NDAA is seen as a “must pass” bill because no one wants to be blamed for holding up funding for the troops. So inserting language into it can be a way to pass proposals that might not stand on their own. But there’s also a risk of a backlash — especially if a measure is seen as unrelated to the military. This may be why Trump has started claiming that Section 230 is a “threat to our national security,” since that would theoretically make it germane to a defense funding bill. Trump’s campaign to repeal Section 230 appears to go beyond mere tweets. The White House is reportedly telling members of Congress the same thing in private that the president is telling his 88 million Twitter followers: that he will veto the NDAA if it doesn’t repeal or at least overhaul Section 230.

You just have to shake your head at this as this sounds like something an 8 year old would do. Which is really sad. The fact is that I don’t see congress doing this, and as a result people in harms way may get hurt. And that’s simply wrong.

Oh well, at least he will go away on January 20th 2021 and hopefully never to return.