Locked indefinitely since January 7
Facebook’s Oversight Committee is an independent and international group created and funded by the social network. It plans to announce on Wednesday whether former President Donald J. Trump will be able to return to him and his dozens of people. It is said that the megaphone platform is vital to millions of followers.
The decision will be closely watched as a model for how private companies operating social media handle political speech (including false information spread by political leaders).
On January 7, Trump was banned from Facebook indefinitely on January 7 after using his social media account to incite a crowd of his supporters to attack the Capitol. Trump refused to accept his election failure, saying that the election was stolen from him.
When Facebook banned Trump, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post: “We believe that the risk of allowing the president to continue to use our services during this period is too great. .”
Two weeks later, the company referred the Trump case to Facebook’s oversight committee to make a final decision on whether the ban should be permanent. Facebook and board members said the group’s decision is binding, but critics are skeptical of the committee’s independence. Critics say the group is the first Supreme Court-like entity to speak online, and is funded by a private company that has not performed well in enforcing its own rules.