Inciter-in-chief: Facebooks oversight board to decide on Trumps ban

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2021

Facebook VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg called the circumstances around Trump's suspension an "unprecedented set of events which called for unprecedented action" and explained why the Oversight Board would review the case.

Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts were indefinitely suspended by Facebook on January 7, just one day after a mob of pro-Trump supporters conducted a violent siege on the U.S. Capitol building.

Facebook on Thursday announced that it will refer its decision to indefinitely suspend the account of former President Donald Trump to its newly instituted Oversight Board. The decision to suspend Trump from Facebook and Instagram was a sharp contrast to the largely hands-off approach the company has taken to political speech.

Trump's access to Facebook will remain suspended while it awaits an oversight board decision, according to Clegg.

The Oversight Board had been set up a year ago and touted to be the platform's Supreme Court by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. It has the authority to review and overturn the company's enforcement actions. It is meant to be an independent entity, though it is funded by Facebook through a trust. It was launched in 2020 with the mission of reviewing and reconsidering some of Facebook's highest-profile content rulings.

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The case will now be examined by a panel of five board members, whose decision will need to be ratified by a vote of the whole board. After the panel reaches a decision, its findings are shared with the entire board. The board has accepted the case. Facebook will have a week to act on the decision and 30 days to issue a public response to any policy recommendations the board makes.

"Our decision to suspend then-President Trump's access was taken in extraordinary circumstances: A USA president actively fomenting a violent insurrection created to thwart the peaceful transition of power; five people killed; legislators fleeing the seat of democracy", Clegg said in a blog post.

Facebook's oversight board will review the suspension of former US Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Twitter, by contrast, permanently banned Trump from its platform. "We believe that our Members, working through a strong and independent oversight process, can ensure decisions are made in a more principled and transparent way than what Facebook can deliver alone".

At the time, Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company had judged that Mr Trump's posts would have the effect of provoking further violence, and said the risks of letting him stay on the service were "simply too great". As outside experts and civic leaders, we embrace our responsibility to answer some of the most hard questions around freedom of expression online: "what to take down, what to leave up, and why".

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