Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., called Wednesday for Facebook to be broken up after the social media giant’s oversight committee affirmed a decision to suspend former President Donald Trump’s account following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“It blows my mind when Facebook tries to act as the judge, jury and executioner when it comes to regulating our free speech,” Boebert said in a statement. “Congress has given major corporations like the MLB and Facebook privileged exemptions from antitrust laws for years, allowing them to have an unfair advantage.
“It was wrong to give corporate welfare to begin with, and it is still wrong now. It is time for woke leftist corporations to lose their privileged status and be broken up,” she added.
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Boebert joined other GOP lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who called for an antitrust crackdown on Facebook and other tech giants in response to the decision. Prominent Republicans have long accused Facebook and Twitter of attempting to silence conservative viewpoints – a charge the companies have denied.
Earlier in the day, Boebert sarcastically thanked Facebook for “securing the GOP majority come 2022.”
Facebook first suspended Trump’s account one day after his supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Facebook’s oversight committee, formed in response to a backlash over the company’s data privacy practices, determined the decision was justified.
The committee also found that an indefinite suspension of Trump’s account was “not appropriate” given Facebook’s normal guidelines. It’s unclear if or when Trump’s account will be reinstated.
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Boebert has courted controversy since entering Congress earlier this year. Last month, she wore a space blanket during President Biden’s first speech to congressional lawmakers to protest his administration’s handling of the crisis at the southern border.
The congresswoman has also been a vocal critic of efforts to impose tighter gun laws following mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia. She has argued that the Biden administration’s gun control push infringes on the Second Amendment.
In February, Boebert drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers after she displayed several guns in the background during a virtual meeting.