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Facebook's Oversight Board to review Trump ban as company doubles down on banning president

Added 01-22-21 02:22:02pm EST - “Facebook's Oversight Board is set to review the company's decision to ban former President Trump indefinitely. While the board is intended to operate independently of Facebook to review its content moderation decisions, Facebook executive…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Facebook’s Oversight Board to review Trump ban as company doubles down on banning president”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Facebook’s Oversight Board is set to review the company’s decision to ban former President Trump indefinitely. While the board is intended to operate independently of Facebook to review its content moderation decisions, Facebook executive Nick Clegg said he expects the panel will approve of Facebook’s ban. 

Amid a public outcry that Facebook’s content crackdowns lacked impartiality, Facebook announced last year that it would develop the Oversight Board to resemble something of a judiciary for content enforcement and governance on Facebook and Instagram. The board is technically separate from Facebook, though it operates with a $130 million trust from Facebook. 

Mr. Clegg announced Thursday that Facebook had referred its decision to ban Mr. Trump to the Oversight Board, and noted on Twitter that Facebook executives “hope & expect” the board would affirm the ban. 

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“We believe our decision was necessary and right,” said Mr. Clegg in a post on Facebook’s blog. “Given its significance, we think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld. While we await the board’s decision, Mr. Trump’s access will remain suspended indefinitely. We look forward to receiving the board’s decision — and we hope, given the clear justification for our actions on January 7, that it will uphold the choices we made.””

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