WBT afternoon host Brett Winterble joins Bo Thompson and Brett Jensen talking about the shrinkage of Facebook's user base and drop in stock and former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL.
“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest,” the company said in a post. “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.”
“Given the seriousness of the violations and the ongoing risk of violence, Facebook was justified in suspending Mr. Trump’s accounts on January 6 and extending that suspension on January 7,” the board said in its decision. They went on to say Trump “created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible by maintaining a narrative that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent."
Trump followed up Miller's statement with confirmation of his own, saying “I’m doing things having to do with putting our own platform out there that you’ll be hearing about soon,” Trump told Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe in the debut episode of her “The Truth” podcast, which was released Monday.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg 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.”
The Federal Trade Commission, along with 47 states and Washington D.C. have accused Facebook of becoming a social media monopoly by "crushing smaller rivals", according to separate federal lawsuits filed on Wednesday. According to the New York Times, "Federal and state regulators, who have been investigating the company for over 18 months, said in separate lawsuits that Facebook’s purchases, especially Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and WhatsApp for $19 billion two years later, eliminated competition that could have one day challenged the company’s dominance."