Timeline: Big Tech’s Not-So-Brief History Of Censoring Donald Trump

Timeline: Big Tech’s Not-So-Brief History Of Censoring Donald Trump


On Wednesday, Facebook’s “Oversight Board” is expected to announce whether President Donald Trump’s controversial and unprecedented ban on Facebook and Instagram will be overturned, or made permanent.

“The Board will announce its decision on the case concerning former US President Trump’s indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks. We extended the public comments deadline for this case, receiving 9,000+ responses,” the Oversight Board announced on Twitter. “The Board’s commitment to carefully reviewing all comments has extended the case timeline, in line with the Board’s bylaws. We will share more information soon.”

The announcement is being watched closely, and represents a potentially pivotal moment in Trump’s “social media censorship” timeline.

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Here’s a brief history of Trump’s battle with Big Tech.

November 2020 — Twitter adds fact-check labels to Trump’s tweets

As The Washington Post noted, Twitter began “slapping labels on Trump’s posts that he won the 2020 election,” which read, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

January 6 — Facebook removes video

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