Facebook oversight board to rule on suspended Trump account

Facebook oversight board to rule on suspended Trump account

FILE PHOTO: Trump acknowledges people as he gets in his SUV outside Trump Tower in New York City
FILE PHOTO: Former US president Donald Trump acknowledges people as he gets in his SUV outside Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, on Mar 9, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

MENLO PARK, California: Former US president Donald Trump will find out this week whether he gets to return to Facebook.

The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board said it will announce its decision Wednesday (May 5) on a case concerning the former president.

Trump's account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riots.

READ: Facebook, Twitter suspend Trump's accounts after US Capitol violence

After years of treating Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook and Instagram silenced his accounts on Jan 7, saying at the time he would be suspended “at least” through the end of his presidency.

Facebook set up the oversight panel to rule on thorny issues about content on its platforms, in response to widespread criticism about its inability to respond swiftly and effectively to misinformation, hate speech and nefarious influence campaigns.

Source: AP

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