Facebook's oversight board will decide whether Trump should be banned

1/21/2021 11:22:00 PM

Donald Trump's future on Facebook and Instagram is now up in the air.

Donald Trump's future on Facebook and Instagram is now up in the air.

Donald Trump's future on Facebook and Instagram is now up in the air.

Facebook said it wants the Oversight Board's binding ruling on the matter given its significance."We think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld," wrote Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg."While we await the board's decision, Mr. Trump's access will remain suspended indefinitely."

John Taylor, a Facebook Oversight Board spokesman, told CNN Business that, under its framework, the board will have 90 days to review the decision but"we expect to act more quickly than that."Facebook and Instagram banned Trump's account from posting for at least the remainder of his term in office and perhaps"indefinitely" after his supporters stormed the US Capitol building to protest the election. Twitter, Trump's preferred social media platform, banned him permanently.

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Facebook (FB) has referred its previous decision to suspend former President Donald Trump's posting privileges to its independent Oversight Board for review, the company said in a blog post Thursday.to an unofficial new role inside his orbit as he weighs the idea of a comeback presidential bid in 2024 that would require him to maintain a vise grip on the Republican base for any chance of success.The long-awaited ruling will bring the focus back onto how the world's largest social network decides what world leaders and politicians can and can't say on their platforms.Apr 1, 2021 9:43 AM PHT Reuters Facebook Inc has removed a video of an interview with former US President Donald Trump, who remains banned from the platform, from his daughter-in-law Lara Trump's Facebook page, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday, March 31.

Facebook said it wants the Oversight Board's binding ruling on the matter given its significance. "We think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld," wrote Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg. Like his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, who spent much of the last four years attempting to steer the Trump show from inside the West Wing, Trump Jr."While we await the board's decision, Mr.  Twitter's public interest rules apply to verified government or elected officials, their appointed successors and candidates, registered political parties or nominees for public office that have more than 100,000 followers. Trump's access will remain suspended indefinitely. But his role extends far beyond operational guidance." John Taylor, a Facebook Oversight Board spokesman, told CNN Business that, under its framework, the board will have 90 days to review the decision but"we expect to act more quickly than that. "In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts," the email read.

" Facebook and Instagram banned Trump's account from posting for at least the remainder of his term in office and perhaps"indefinitely" after his supporters stormed the US Capitol building to protest the election. -- who never worked in the White House and is undeniably the most conservative member of the Trump family -- has been steadily influencing his father's political instincts." In March, Twitter began adding warnings to and restricting the reach of some world leaders' tweets that would be removed if sent by the average user. Twitter, Trump's preferred social media platform, banned him permanently. In a blog post, the Oversight Board said Trump or his page administrators will be able to submit their feedback on the Facebook decision to the board as it contemplates whether to uphold or overturn Facebook's decision. Trump Jr. "The Oversight Board launched in late 2020 to address exactly the sort of highly consequential issues raised by this case," the board said. The company's "newsworthiness exemption" also allows politicians' rule-breaking posts on the site if the public interest outweighs the harm."The Board was created to provide a critical independent check on Facebook's approach to the most challenging content issues, which have enormous implications for global human rights and free expression. Asa Hutchinson over the Arkansas Republican's stance on transgender issues, one that would have previously escaped his attention. Trump was barred by several social media platforms after the riot, including Twitter Inc, which has said its ban is permanent, and Alphabet Inc's YouTube, which said it will reinstate his account when the risk of violence decreases.

" Jamal Greene, a co-chair of the Oversight Board, told CNN Business that the case will be viewed and decided through three main lenses: whether Trump's content truly violated Facebook's own platform policies; whether Facebook's decision is consistent with its own stated values; and whether Trump's suspension largely aligns with -- or undercuts -- international human rights principles. It will be the oversight board's most high-profile and consequential case so far. The former President had been watching one of his favorite primetime programs,"Tucker Carlson Tonight," from the residence at his Mar-a-Lago club when Carlson and Hutchinson got into a sparring match over the matter. SO WHAT HAPPENED WITH TRUMP? After the Capitol riot on Jan. The board, which was created to serve as a kind of Supreme Court for appealing and evaluating Facebook's content moderation decisions, only started taking cases in the fall. Kate Klonick, an assistant law professor at St. Two days later, the ex-President released a statement through his Save America leadership PAC accusing Hutchinson of supporting the"chemical castration of children. John's University who studies technology and online speech, predicted many will view the case as Facebook's"Marbury v. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the current context meant the risks of allowing him to use the service were "simply too great.

Madison moment," referring to the pivotal US Supreme Court case that established the judicial system's role in reviewing laws and government actions. But inside the former President's orbit, it was abundantly clear who had influenced him. "The Board can establish its seriousness and jurisdiction/power over FB," she tweeted."That could be good for the Board but it also means that it's very risky for establishing legitimacy, esp. had made base-pumping statements about various expansions of transgender rights to his right-wing followers on Twitter and Instagram. This would normally come with a week-long suspension but the account remains frozen months later. so early in its history." Given social media platforms' tendency to play follow-the-leader on consequential content enforcement decisions, the Oversight Board's ruling could have vast ramifications, according to Evelyn Douek, a lecturer at Harvard University Law School. claimed her success was a"grave injustice to so many young women" in a tweet.

"There is no greater question in content moderation right now than whether Trump's deplatforming represents the start of a new era in how companies police their platforms," she wrote in a blog post. Facebook's suspension of Trump followed bans in recent years of some government officials, including in India and Myanmar for promoting violence, but the company had never before blocked a current president, prime minister or head of state."The past few weeks have also shown that what one platform does can ripple across the internet. "Don has the pulse of the base and knows where the energy of the party is, so he's sort of the go-to person now on a lot of political things," one Trump aide said. ..'s rising influence was first visible to his father's aides in February, when Trump delivered his first major speech since leaving office at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. Both Maduro and Bolsonaro have previously had content removed by Facebook and Twitter for this reason during the pandemic..

For all these reasons, the board's decision on Trump's case could affect far more than one Facebook page. Aides later said it was Trump Jr." This story was first published on CNN.N.com, . "He was always fighting for the cause big-picture wise, but now Don is taking more of a leading role in shaping the political direction of Trump's post-presidency," said a person close to Trump Jr.