A new poll found nearly half of American voters are on former President Donald Trump’s side when it comes to Facebook’s decision to ban him from their platform.
According to the Daily Caller, the results of a new survey from Rasmussen, released Friday, showed 48% of voters oppose the social media giant’s indefinite ban on Trump, while just 41% support it.
Ten percent of respondents weren’t sure.
An indefinite ban
Facebook banned Trump from its platform on the pretense that he was a threat to public safety in the wake of a riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol in January.
The reality is that Big Tech companies are terrified of Trump and his influence, which, by the looks of this poll, still seems to be substantial across the country.
But the former president won’t be silenced so easily. Rumors suggest he’s been working on a social media platform of his own, and in the meantime, he’s speaking to supporters directly on his new website.
Not for long?
Meanwhile, Facebook is reportedly weighing whether to make Trump’s ban permanent after a supposedly independent oversight board urged the platform to either reinstate Trump’s account or define the extent of the ban, either by making it permanent or setting an end date.
“The Board…insists that Facebook apply and justify a defined penalty,” they said, noting that other users of the platform haven’t been subject to similarly indefinite punishments, according to NPR.
Still, the board said Facebook was justified in its initial ban, saying: “At the time of Mr. Trump’s posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions.”
Trump weighs in
In a statement after the board reached its decision, Trump slammed the moves by Facebook and similar platforms as a “total disgrace and an embarrassment.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” the former president said, according to NBC News.
“These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump reportedly added, declaring: “The People of our Country will not stand for it!”