Trump Ban Not Overturned, Board Asks Facebook to Make A More Permanent Decision Instead of Indefinite Suspension

Facebook oversight board has upheld Donald Trump’s suspension from the platform after January 6th. The board has put now pushed the decision of what to do going forward back to Facebook.

In the issued statement from the oversight board, they write “However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension. Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account.”

The board continued, “The Board insists that Facebook review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform.”

The board gave Facebook a deadline of six months to review the matter and make a decision on how to handle Trump’s account. They recommended that Facebook also develop “clear, necessary, and proportionate policies” for public safety and freedom of expression.

The board is asking Facebook to treat all users the same under their written rules. With no rule for the indefinite ban to fall under Facebook now has to pony up and handle the situation itself. With recommendations from the board, we will probably see new rules applied to Facebook within the next six months as this was the deadline proposed by the Oversight board.

We should also see whether or not they allow the former president back on their platform and if they do allow him back will he use the platform in the same way as before?

Trump recently released a new feature of his own website “From the desk of Donald J. Trump”. It appears the press releases he has been sending out will now be available there for the public to see for themselves and may mimic his former Twitter account.

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