Oversight Board upholds Facebook’s decision to suspend Trump’s Accounts

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Facebook Inc’s oversight board on May 5, 2021, upheld the suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“Today, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. As we stated in January, we believe our decision was necessary and right, and we’re pleased the board has recognized that the unprecedented circumstances justified the exceptional measure we took,” Nick Clegg, the Vice-President of Global Affairs and Communication, said in a post on May 5, 2021.

“However, while the board has not required Facebook to immediately restore Mr. Trump’s accounts, it has not specified the appropriate duration of the penalty. Instead, the board criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension, calling it an “indeterminate and standardless penalty,” and insisted we review our response. We will now consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s accounts remain suspended,” he added.

“The board also made a number of recommendations on how we should improve our policies. While these recommendations are not binding, we actively sought the board’s views on our policies around political figures and will carefully review its recommendations,” he said in the post.

“We thank the board for the care and attention it gave this case,” he said.

The verdict is likely to signal the world leaders what they will face for breaking the rules of the company. The Facebook and Instagram accounts of former President Donald Trump were suspended days after the violence at US Capitol by his supporters.

“The risk of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period is simply too great,” Mark Zuckerberg had said at the time when Instagram and Facebook accounts of former President Donald Trump were suspended by his company.

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