Trump's Facebook ban upheld by oversight board2021-05-05 16:56 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Trump
Facebook Inc's oversight board has decided to uphold former US president Donald Trump's indefinite suspension from Facebook for violating terms of service, the social media giant announced on Wednesday.
Facebook indefinitely suspended Trump's accounts in January after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, saying he used his account to "incite violent insurrection." Other social networks also kicked off the then-president, with Twitter going as far as banning Trump for good.
"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," Facebook said in a blog post.
The oversight board said, however, that it was not appropriate for Facebook to vary from its normal penalties when it made the ban indefinite. Facebook's normal penalties include removing posts, imposing a limited suspension or permanently disabling an account, the board said.
"As Facebook suspended Mr. Trump's accounts 'indefinitely,' the company must reassess this penalty," the board said. "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."
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