Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Trump Ban

Facebook’s Oversight Board on Wednesday announced that it agrees with the social network’s decision to ban twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump from its platform. The semi-permanence of the decision is likely to be a huge blow to Trump’s political future.

Facebook banished Trump indefinitely following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, saying that he used his account to help foment the violence that ended up with five people dead – including two Capitol Police officers – and more than 100 officers injured.

The quasi-independent board agreed with Facebook that that two of Trump’s Jan. 6 posts “severely violated” the content standards of both Facebook and Instagram.

“We love you. You’re very special,” he said in the first post, and “great patriots” and “remember this day forever” in the second. Those violated Facebook’s rules against praising or supporting people engaged in violence, the board said.

The Oversight Board said Facebook was “justified” in its decision to ban the former president, but it also said that the penalty of an indefinite suspension was “not appropriate.” It said the company should apply a “defined penalty” and gave Facebook six months to determine its final decision on Trump’s account status.

Trump also was cut off from Twitter and YouTube following the Capitol riot. The Facebook Oversight Board’s decision adds an enormous obstacle to Trump rejoining the mainstream world of social media, which he used during his presidential campaign and years in the White House insult, harass, criticize and demean his opponents. His all caps missives, accentuated by multiple exclamation points also were used to fire cabinet secretaries and announced nominees for the Supreme Court.

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