Facebook is providing the FBI with the data of the users who participated in the assault on the United States Capitol, including their private messages, following the call of some parliamentarians, the magazine reported Forbes in his web page.
The site refers to a complaint against a New York resident who had posted images of the incidents on social media, revealing that the FBI searched his private messages for his IP address, phone number and Gmail address.
Following the January 6 attack, Facebook number 2 Sheryl Sandberg had stated that the protests were largely organized on smaller social media: she was later criticized for evidence that numerous public and private Facebook accounts and groups , had also been used.
The identification and ban on the technology platforms of the rioters on Capitol Hill opened a great debate, in the United States and the world, about the power of big technology companies.
Meanwhile, a group of independent experts will analyze, at the request of the social network, whether the account of former US President Donald Trump, who was accused of “fomenting the insurrection,” should be kept suspended.
Mark Zuckerberg, an increasingly prominent figure in American politics. Photo: AFP
The supervisory board, commonly known as Facebook’s “Supreme Court”, has the task of making the decision in appeals related to material removed or maintained in the system.
Facebook and Instagram vetoed Trump after his supporters occupied the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, in an attack that pushed the now-former US president to a second impeachment trial.
With this announcement, Facebook referred the decision to its independent oversight board, whose resolutions are binding and must accept even its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
“We believe that our decision was correct and necessary,” said Facebook vice president of world affairs Nick Clegg in a blog.
“Our decision to suspend the access of then President Donald Trump was taken in extraordinary circumstances: a president of the United States fomenting a violent insurrection designed to twist the peaceful transition of power, five people killed, legislators fleeing the seat of democracy”, reported Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
Trump left the White House and was banned from almost all networks. Photo: AP
Trump’s access to his Facebook account is suspended until the board makes a decision, according to Clegg, adding: “We hope, given the justifications for our actions on January 7, you will decide keep the choice we make“.
In addition to the ruling, Facebook will welcome “recommendations from the board on suspensions when the user is a political leader,” he added.
Clegg stressed that “in open democracies people have the right to hear what their politicians say – the good, the bad and the ugly – so that they can be held accountable,” but made it clear that “That doesn’t mean they can say whatever they want to say”.
The members of the board are from various countries, including jurists, human rights activists, journalists, Nobel Prize laureates and a former prime minister of Denmark.
With information from agencies.