Facebook Upholds Trump Ban

Mark Zuckerberg by Chris Stoodley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Facebook’s Oversight Board ruled on Wednesday morning to uphold the suspension of former President Trump, after banning him from the platform in the wake of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

However, the Board also called on Facebook to “reexamine” the indefinite nature of the ban, ordering the company to decide on an “appropriate penalty” within six months. The ruling leaves open the possibility that Facebook will restore Trump’s account at some point in the future.

“If Facebook determines that Mr. Trump’s accounts should be restored, Facebook should apply its rules to that decision,” the ruling states.

The Board upheld Facebook’s decision to temporarily ban Trump after the riots, saying two of the president’s posts on January 6 violated company guidelines.

Mark Zuckerberg by Chris Stoodley is licensed under CC BY 2.0