Trump Facebook Ban Was Justified, Oversight Board Rules .
The Facebook Oversight Board revealed its ruling on May 5.
The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account, Facebook's Oversight Board, via 'The Washington Post'.
Former President Donald Trump's account was deleted on Jan.
7 following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol the day before.
The Oversight Board ruled that Trump’s remarks surrounding the event “created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.”.
The ban was implemented for an "indefinite" span of time, a provision that the Oversight Board deemed "not appropriate.".
However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose an ‘indefinite’ suspension.
, Facebook's Oversight Board, via 'The Washington Post'.
It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored, Facebook's Oversight Board, via 'The Washington Post'.
While the Board is funded by the tech company, it is considered an independent body.
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, Nick Clegg, Facebook VP Global Affairs And Communication, via 'The Washington Post'