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Facebook will uphold Trump ban but reassess the decision over coming months

Added 05-05-21 10:02:02am EST - “The board effectively punted the decision on the length of the suspension back to Facebook.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Facebook will uphold Trump ban but reassess the decision over coming months”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Facebook's independent Oversight Board ruled Wednesday to uphold the company's January decision to suspend the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former President Donald Trump.

But, the board said, the indefinite timeframe of the suspension "was not appropriate." The board effectively punted the decision on the length of the suspension back to Facebook, saying it "insists" the company "review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform."

The board asked that Facebook complete the review within six months and made suggestions for how to create clear policies that balance public safety and freedom of expression.

"We will now consider the board's decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate," Facebook said in a blog post following the announcement. "In the meantime, Mr. Trump's accounts remain suspended."

Facebook first suspended Trump's accounts following the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. The suspension was Facebook's most aggressive action against Trump during his four-year term.

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