It looks like Donald Trump will continue to be blocked from Facebook as the company’s oversight board ruled so. However, another review of the decision has to take place within six months.
His suspension from the platform was a result of the riots at the U.S. Capitol that took place back in January.
According to CNN, the board said in their decision, “Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty. This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be consistent with Facebook’s rules for severe violations, which must, in turn, be clear, necessary, and proportionate.”
Although it was ruled that Trump could remain off of the platform until further investigation, the board added, “In applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities.”
Trump’s suspension not only includes Facebook but Instagram as well since the app is also owned by Facebook.
Trump was previously suspended from Facebook “indefinitely” on January 7th, and Mark Zuckerburg said at the time, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
As previously reported, shortly after, Trump was also suspended from Twitter as a result of the riot. However, he lost access to his Twitter fingers permanently as Twitter previously stated, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the story continues to develop.
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