Accept Facebook’s Supervisory Board, the independent body authorized to review the most complex moderation decisions across the social network General Comments On resolution The company By banning ex-president (Donald Trump) indefinitely in the aftermath of the US Capitol attack on January 6.
The first post in question includes a one-minute video that Trump posted on his account on January 6 repeating false allegations that the US elections were stolen from him and showing words of sympathy for the Capitol rioters, some of whom were, at that moment, continuing to endanger the lives of members of Congress and police. Capitol at risk.
The second post in question includes statements Trump wrote in which he says: These are the things and events that happen when the landslide victory in the elections is informally and brutally stripped of great patriots who have been treated poorly and unfairly for so long. Come home with love and peace and remember this day forever.
Facebook removed the video and the post, and then banned Trump from its platform for 24 hours before saying that the ban remains in effect indefinitely, and although Trump’s pages are still there, he has not been allowed to post anything on them since January 6.
Facebook referred its decision to the censorship board last week, citing the unprecedented measures the company’s leadership felt compelled to take after Trump instigated riots that killed five people, including a police officer.
The oversight board, formed last year and made up of 20 experts from around the world with a significant degree of background and career diversity, expects to make a decision by the end of next month.
The council took over the first batch of cases last month, but announced its first rulings in five cases earlier this week, supporting the removal of one and the cancellation of four others.
On Trump’s ban, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for international affairs and communications, said: We believe our decision was necessary and correct, and given its importance, we think it is important for the oversight board to review it and come to an independent judgment on whether it should be supported.
Facebook is looking for clarity on whether it has made the right decision to ban Trump, and in what circumstances it should take similar actions against political leaders in the future.
The oversight board wants the public to participate as well, looking for feedback on whether Facebook’s decision complies with the company’s responsibilities to respect freedom of expression and human rights and what it should do if a similar situation arises in the future.
It is also looking for feedback on how the company assesses context outside of Facebook in relation to the enforcement of community standards, particularly when there is a threat of violence in the real world, and whether to facilitate access to its rules regarding suspensions and bans, as well as appeals.
The board is likewise looking for comments on the considerations that must be taken into account to ensure that Facebook’s rules are consistently enforced around the world, and the censorship board says it accepts public comments until February 5th.