Facebook Account Copies Trump’s Words Identically…And Is Forced To Delete Them
On Wednesday a Facebook account that was set up as an experiment was forced to delete a post that copied President Trump’s tweet word for word. The account named SuspendThePres copied Trump’s violent rhetoric from a tweet. This is the same tweet that inspired Twitter to start putting disclaimers on the President’s tweets. The experimental account was created to show that platforms like Facebook treat well-known people like the President differently than regular citizens.
Experiment Update – Facebook took almost exactly a week but they just issued their first warning. Forced deletion of content, if found in violation again will face a 24 hour suspension. Their reason? “Post goes against Community standards on violence and incitement.” pic.twitter.com/mmvzptX9ux
— Will they suspend me? (@SuspendThePres) June 11, 2020
The experiment seems to have proven the point. A week prior to Thursday SuspendThePress did the exact same thing on Twitter and it was temporarily suspended. On Wednesday the Facebook account was forced by Facebook to delete its post. The post included Trump’s use of the phrase, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Other than being violent the phrase has a racist history.
The account was also threatened with a 24-hour suspension if it posted the controversial words again. Facebook’s reasoning for its actions was that the post “goes against Community standards on violence and incitement.” The account holder who’s name is unknown had this to say to Vice News, “I am surprised by this development on Facebook more so than that on Twitter. Twitter had already made a stand. Facebook, on the other hand, has yet to make such a stand, to the best of my knowledge.”
Many point out that this action goes contrary to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s reassurance that his company did not treat ordinary people differently from politicians., especially when it came to violent posts. He said, “Our current policy is that if the content is actually inciting violence, then the right mitigation is to take that content down – not let people continue seeing it behind a flag. There is no exception to this policy for politicians or newsworthiness.”
Zuckerberg did say that he would look over Facebook’s policy after facing heat for his stance on Trump.
In a new development, the account holder told Vice that the post had been put back without any signal from Facebook. When asked about it by Vice News the company said that the deletion was a mistake, but would not explain how the mistake occurred.