The Decision for Trump to Reappear On Social Media Up Held by Facebook’s Oversight Board For Now and Will Be Re-Reviewed in Six Months

The former president of United States Donald Trump was banned from both Facebook and Instagram when some of his comments on social media and in general were deemed inappropriate and violent considering how his followers and supporters launched an attack on the Capitol on January 6th.

The former president on January 7th then was banned from social media applications acquired by Facebook, namely Facebook and Instagram itself. However, the matter has been under consideration since then on whether to reinstate the former president.

The decision however is to be taken by Facebook’s Oversight Board.

Facebook’s Oversight Board is a group of lawyers and legal advisors that has been created by Facebook to take all its legal decisions and the company has no say in them. The company believes that they should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on our own and therefore has created a board of experts and civic leaders from around the world that exercises independent judgment to make binding decisions on whether specific content should be allowed on the platform.

Facebook announced that its board will be making their final decision about this ongoing matter on Wednesday and emphasized that its management team has no sway over the board’s decision.

The company even sent out emails to marketers and agencies where it offered to make its policy team available on Friday to agencies, if they have questions though later it denied to comment anything on the matter.

Wednesday was long waited for the decision to me made and to see if the former president will make his appearance on the social media platforms back again or not but things took turn when the Oversight Board did not come up with a decision. The panel said that it was inappropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standard less penalty of indefinite suspension however considering the seriousness of the violations and the ongoing risk of violence they will review this matter again and justify an action within six months.

Whatever decisions the board takes is up to them but the citizens of United States have shown their own thoughts about this matter in a survey that was conducted. Pew Research Center survey was fielded between 12 to 18 April before the board decided to withhold its decision and it concludes that 49% of U.S. adults think that Trump’s accounts should be permanently banned from social media, while half think they should not be and he should be unbanned but the researchers of the survey believe that the views could deeply be divided along partisan lines.

However, the final decision will be taken by the panel of the Oversight Board itself and we will get to know that if the former US president will make his appearance on social media back again or not within six months.

What do you think the decision will be?

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