Former President of the United States of America (USA) Donald Trump will remain suspended from Facebook, pending review, the company’s oversight board has announced .
A semi-autonomous oversight board for Facebook upheld a suspension of former President Donald Trump, but orders a review to be conducted by the social media giant within six months.
“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,” the 20-person panel said in its decision.
However, the board agreed it was “not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension”, with Michael McConnell, co-chair of the panel, telling reporters “indefinite penalties of this sort, do not pass the international or American smell test for clarity, consistency, and transparency.”
The panel called on the company within six months to “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”.
Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president of global affairs and communication, said in a blog entry that Facebook “will now consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is clear and proportionate.
“In the meantime, Trump’s accounts remain suspended,” he wrote.