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Facebook's Oversight Board and Trump's accounts

Facebook Oversight Board upholds suspension of Trump’s accounts

Facebook Oversight Board upholds Facebook’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts but criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension calling it an  “indeterminate and standardless penalty” insisting Facebook reviews its response.

Facebook has to answer within six months.

Facebook management suspended Trump’s accounts in connection with the riot at the US Capitolium on January 6 as Trump was considered having stimulated violence. His accounts at Facebook and Instagram plus Google-owned YouTube were suspended and he was banned from Twitter.

“As we stated in January, we believe our decision was necessary and we’re pleased the board has recognized that the unprecedented circumstances justified the exceptional measure we took”, Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communication, wrote in a blog post.

“However, while the board has not required Facebook to immediately restore Mr. Trump’s accounts, it has not specified the appropriate duration of the penalty. Instead, the board criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, calling it an “indeterminate and standardless penalty,” and insisted we review our response. We will now consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s accounts remain suspended.”

“The board also made a number of recommendations on how we should improve our policies. While these recommendations are not binding, we actively sought the board’s views on our policies around political figures and will carefully review its recommendations.”

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