Facebook passes final decision to ban Trump to oversight board

Donald Trump is seen addressing supporters flooding the nation's capital ahead of the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6

Whatever the board's verdict, it's likely to prompt a vigorous debate, and will also set precedent for the group's authority over Facebook, according to Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St. John's University School of Law, who has been following the board closely.

Noting that this case "is important for people in the U.S., and around the world", the Board is going to be asking for public comment to help it in making its decision.

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

"Trump's fate could be decided by four people from other countries", Newton writes on Twitter.

Facebook's external decision-making body is meant as a kind of "supreme court" for the company's own policy making.

This is the first high-profile case to come before the newly seated Oversight Board, and how this plays out should be telling for the board's longevity and effectiveness. The Facebook Oversight Board is made up of scholars, journalists and former lawmakers from around the world.

"A decision by the Board on this case will be binding on Facebook, and determine whether Mr. Trump's suspension from access to Facebook and Instagram for an indefinite amount of time is overturned".

"There has been, in my view, legitimate commentary, not only here in the USA, but crucially from leaders around the world" about Trump's suspension, Clegg said.

"We believe we took the right decision". While the members of the Board were announced early last year, it started operations during the second half of the year and is yet to make its first decision. The Trump case, though, is going to be the one that gets the most media attention. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the risks of allowing Trump to keep using the social network were "too great".

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

But will Trump or anyone who has bought his bag of lies ever really be satisfied with an answer on content moderation coming from any entity associated with Big Tech?

Facebook's Oversight Board to Decide Whether Trump Ke. Will they ever see Trump as anything other than a victim of liberal censorship and bias? 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.

"This provides the Secretary of Commerce the ability to say.'There is no reason for you to continue to have access to the nation's products, '" the person added, noting the restrictions could apply to jurisdictions as well as people and companies.

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