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Facebook continues Trump’s ban, will review down the road

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Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld former President Trump’s suspension, announcing on Wednesday to continue his ban that began in January.

After over 100 days since the Capitol riots that led to former President Trump’s suspension, Facebook will be reviewing its decision to indefinitely ban Trump from its platform. This comes after the social media’s Oversight Board slammed leadership for their disproportionate response, saying it was an “indeterminate and standardless penalty.”

In the meantime, Trump launched a site where he can communicate with his followers in tweet-sized statements.

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At first, the board upheld Trump’s suspension. However, they criticized its duration. The board asked that leadership, including Vice President Nick Clegg, review Trump’s suspension.

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As a result, Clegg says they will change the nature of the ban. “We will now consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate,” Clegg said in a press release. The board gave Facebook six-month-deadline to come to a decision.

According to a press release, the Oversight Board was created in 2020. Board members are allegedly “made up of experts and civic leaders from around the world with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.” No one at Facebook can overrule board decisions, not even Mark Zuckerberg.

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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