Mon. Apr 12th, 2021


San Francisco: Facebook has referred its decision to suspend Donald Trump to its independent Oversight Board, opening the possibility that the former president’s ban could be overturned.

The social media giant indefinitely blocked Trump’s ability to post on Facebook and Instagram on January 7, after he used the service to praise the Capitol Hill attackers in messages that many saw as encouraging further violence.

Donald and Melania Trump arrive in West Palm Beach as private citizens.

Donald and Melania Trump arrive in West Palm Beach as private citizens.Credit:AP

Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook’s global head of policy, said that Trump’s ban would remain in place until at least after the board had ruled, which could take up to 90 days.

Often described as Facebook’s “supreme court”, the board has the power to reverse Facebook’s decisions based on user appeals. It is made up of 20 experts including Alan Rusbridger, the former Guardian editor, and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former Danish prime minister.



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