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Facebook Oversight Board that upheld Trump ban mostly tied to Soros

- THE WSHINGTON EXAMINER - MAY 5, 2021 - Tori Richards, Investigative Reporter -

The Facebook Oversight Board that upheld the site’s ban on President Donald Trump overwhelmingly has ties to George Soros and leftist agendas — though numerous members claim that they support free speech.

The 20-member panel directed Facebook to review Trump’s account within six months to justify further expulsion, saying it did not favor a permanent block. Trump was removed following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.


Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, has been Facebook’s biggest critic in Congress and is the author of a new book titled The Tyranny of Big Tech. He dismissed the claim that the Oversight Board is an independent body.

“This is a fake court set up by Facebook to allow Facebook to do whatever Facebook wants to do,” Hawley declared Wednesday on the Bannon’s War Room podcast. “This is not surprising at all. This is what Facebook does all the time. This is what you can do with your monopoly because there is no accountability … Facebook doesn’t care. They don’t have any real competition, so they can go out there and suspend/deplatform a U.S. sitting president.”

The decision was prepared by a panel of five members and approved by a majority of the board. The names of the panelists and a breakdown of the vote were not listed. The board was selected with a global perspective of “people who have demonstrated a proficiency in questions of online content moderation and a history of working with others on difficult problems towards a common goal.”

Among the group are two anti-Trump members who have previously disparaged him on Twitter.

“God forbid if Trump becomes the president, this will be my last visit to US #TrumpWantsTheWall#Debate,” wrote Nighat Dad a month before the 2016 election.

“I love this! “Teen Vogue vs Trump; American Vogue vs Hitler,” said Nicolas Suzor.

Board member Tawakkol Karman previously bashed Trump in a Spanish newsletter: “Unfortunately I don’t trust Trump because I generally don’t trust racist people.”

Fifteen of the 20 members have either worked for or are in jobs funded by Soros’s foundations, a Real Clear Investigations story outlined. They include:

  • Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, a program manager for Soros’s Open Society Foundations

  • Suzanne Nossel, CEO of Pen America, partly funded by Open Society. Nossel also served on a Soros board. She urged the White House to create a task force to "target the crisis of disinformation."

  • Nighat Dad, who donates to Open Society and works with Pen America

  • Maina Kiai, a director with Human Rights Watch, which received $100 million from Open Society

  • Ronaldo Lemos, served on several Open Society-funded boards

  • Andras Sajo, co-founded Central European University with Soros and sat on one of his boards

In addition, Jamal Greene, a Columbia Law School professor, served as an aide to Vice President Kamala Harris when she was a senator.

The most high-profile member is Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a socialist former prime minister of Denmark. She sits on the European Council of Foreign Relations board and several others funded by Open Society.

In its decision, the board said it agreed with Facebook’s analysis of the Trump post: “’We love you. You’re very special’ was intended as praise of people who were breaking the law by storming the Capitol … Mr. Trump referred to those who stormed the Capitol as ‘great patriots,’ and urged people to ‘[r]emember this day forever.’”

Trump violated Facebook’s rules guiding “voice,” “dignity,” and “safety,” the ruling said. The decision also mentioned that "five people died and many more were injured during the violence." In actuality, Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was the only person who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer during the riot, while two more died of heart problems, a fourth died of an accidental drug overdose, and the fifth, Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died the following day of natural causes, according to a medical examiner.

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