Communication Studies senior affiliated faculty and founder & CEO of BIGfish PR David Richard weighed in earlier this year on former President Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January. Today, Facebook’s Oversight Board decided to uphold its ban, and instructed Facebook to make a final decision within six months.
Richard weighed in on the potential consequences:
These are not judges, these are not members of Congress or anyone from the government. These are people who are appointed by a private company, and they’re making a decision in the way that a hundred years ago, this decision would have been probably made by Congress. If he [Trump] is allowed back on to Facebook, it’s a boom for Facebook in that he has millions of followers that flock to his page, and that’s a lot of eyeballs on a lot of advertising dollars to Facebook. At the same time, he’s so inflammatory that I think others will jump off of Facebook. I think that there, it just it creates a lot more chaos and disruption.”