President Donald Trump speaks with members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., USA on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
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Facebook announced Thursday that it will be referring its decision to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump’s account to its newly established Oversight Board.
The independent body will review the decision to suspend Trump and make a binding decision on whether the account will be restored. Until a decision is made, Trump’s account will remain suspended, the company said in a blog post.
The board will begin accepting public comments on the matter next week, it said in a tweet. The board has up to 90 days to make a decision, but board members have committed to act as soon as possible, a board spokesman told The Washington City Times. A decision cannot be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or other executives.
After Trump’s comments on social media led to a January 6 uprising in the US Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people, Facebook said it hopes the administration will uphold its January 7 decision to suspend Trump indefinitely.
“We believe our decision was necessary and correct,” Facebook said in a blog post. “Given its importance, we believe it is important for the board to review it and make an independent judgment on whether it should be maintained.”
The company’s Oversight Board was launched in October with the aim of reviewing tough content moderation decisions. The Facebook Oversight Board is made up of scientists, journalists and former lawmakers from around the world. This will be the board’s first big business.
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