Facebook Set to Decide Donald Trump’s account Fate

Facebook Set to Decide Donald Trump’s account Fate

Facebook’s suspension of President Donald Trump’s account is to be reviewed by its new Oversight Board.

The company set up an independent board, which is made up of legal, tech, and human rights experts late last year to act as a high court for Facebook’s content-moderation issues. Now it’ll have the final say on Trump’s account even if the company itself objects to the ruling.

It is an independent body and its decisions are binding—they can’t be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook,” the social network said in Thursday’s announcement.

Mr Trump, whose account was frozen “indefinitely” on 7 January, will be able to submit a user statement to a five-member case-review panel.

Its ruling will be binding and apply to Instagram also. Twitter has already given Mr Trump an outright ban.

After Pro-Trump protesters stormed the US legislature, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said: “We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

On Thursday, the Oversight Board said it had been “closely following events in the United States and Facebook’s response to them.