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Facebook removed an interview with former President Donald Trump on his daughter-in-law’s Facebook page on Wednesday in which the Conservatives immediately renewed their ongoing complaints against Big Tech and Section 230.

Lara Trump, daughter-in-law and campaign advisor to US President Donald Trump, takes them on beforehand … [+] Address to the Republican National Convention in an empty Mellon Auditorium on August 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Lara Trump, who is married to Trump’s son Eric, advertised an interview on Facebook and Instagram with the former president for her show “The Right View” on Wednesday.

Shortly thereafter, Facebook removed the interview because content posted “with the voice of Donald Trump” is not allowed as long as it remains banned from the platform, a Facebook employee said in a screenshot of an email posted by Lara Trump . (Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes, but did confirm that the video was removed after USA Today.)

According to Facebook, the rule applies to campaign accounts and former Trump deputies. News organizations that publish content in Trump’s voice are an exception.

The move was immediately criticized by Trumpland, said Lara Trump The US is one step closer to “Orwell’s 1984” and Eric Trump decodes it as “so terrible”.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blamed the “liberals who run big tech” for the decision and again called for the repeal of Section 230, the law that gives companies legal immunity from content posted by their users.

Lara Trump eventually posted the full interview on the video sharing website Rumble, which is popular with conservative media personalities like Dan Bongino and even Donald Trump Jr.

Key background

Facebook indefinitely banned Trump in January following the Capitol uprising, citing two posts sent during the attack. The first was a video in which he said to the rioters, “Go home, we love you, you are very special.” The second was a post in which he claimed the election had been “unceremoniously and viciously withdrawn”. Facebook has defended its decision, but is allowing the company’s independent oversight body to make a final decision on whether or not to be on the platform. While conservatives have long complained that social media companies are biased against conservatives, NYU researchers last month debunked the idea and found that right-wing voices actually “dominate” online political debates, despite anecdotes from high-profile figures.


Trump reportedly has plans to set up his own social media network following the bans on Twitter, Facebook, and other tech platforms following the Capitol attack. Social media companies cracked down on several Trump posts during his presidency, including those containing elections and Covid-19 misinformation.