Mark Zuckerberg: Steve Bannon Hasn't Violated Enough Policies For Facebook Ban

Written by on November 12, 2020

PALO ALTO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Fb Chief Government Mark Zuckerberg instructed an all-staff assembly on Thursday that former Trump White Home adviser Steve Bannon had not violated sufficient of the corporate’s insurance policies to justify his suspension, in keeping with a recording heard by Reuters.

“We’ve particular guidelines round what number of occasions you should violate sure insurance policies earlier than we are going to deactivate your account utterly,” Zuckerberg mentioned. “Whereas the offenses right here, I feel, got here near crossing that line, they clearly didn’t cross the road.”

Bannon urged in a video final week that FBI Director Christopher Wray and authorities infectious illnesses skilled Anthony Fauci ought to be beheaded, saying that they had been disloyal to U.S. President Donald Trump, who final week misplaced his re-election bid.

Fb eliminated the video however left up Bannon’s web page. The corporate had not beforehand answered questions on these actions and didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request about Zuckerberg’s feedback.

Twitter banned Bannon final week over the identical content material.

Zuckerberg spoke on the problem at a weekly discussion board with Fb staff the place he’s typically requested to defend content material and coverage choices, just like the query on Thursday from a workers member asking why Bannon had not been banned.

Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not responsible to fees of defrauding tons of of hundreds of donors to the $25 million “We Construct the Wall” marketing campaign. Bannon has dismissed the fees as politically motivated.

As Trump’s chief White Home strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump’s “America First” coverage. Trump fired him in August 2017, ending Bannon’s turbulent tenure.(Reporting by Katie Paul; Enhancing by Greg Mitchell and Howard Goller)

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