In general, I have considered the case of Mr. Trump to be much
less complex than people seem to think. And it has been made
to appear highly complicated by big tech companies like
Facebook because they want to exhaust us all in a noisy and
Mr. Trump should be seen as an outlier — a lone, longtime rule
breaker who was coddled and protected on social media platforms
until he wandered into seditious territory. He’s an unrepentant
gamer of Facebook’s badly enforced rules who will never change. He
got away with it for years and spread myriad self-serving lies far
and wide. […]
In moving the key decision over Mr. Trump out of its own hands
(where it belonged), the company has passed along the hottest of
potatoes and said good riddance to responsibility. Facebook is
pretending that its hands are tied, even though Facebook
executives were the ones who tied them.
I, for one, would never have bet that Jack Dorsey would be the one who finally dealt with Trump’s abuse decisively, and that Mark Zuckerberg would be the one who looks utterly feckless. I think Zuckerberg was hoping that Trump would just fade from relevancy once he was out of office. That clearly hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen over the next six months, either. Zuckerberg needs to make a decision now.