Briefing: The Facebook Oversight Board Decision about Donald Trump

April 21, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Facebook Oversight Board announced that it would delay its decision regarding Donald Trumps suspension from Facebook and Instagram, and that a ruling would be made “in the coming weeks.” The board took on the case following the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, which prompted many platforms (including Facebook) to deplatform the former US president. The board first said it would make a decision about the ban by April 21 (90 days after it accepted the case) and cited the extension of a public comment deadline as cause for the delay.


The board is comprised of 20 members, many of whom are lawyers, journalists and activists. Often referred to as Facebooks “Supreme Court,” the group has passed nine rulings since its 2018 inception. 


In advance of the Oversight Boards ruling regarding Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram, weve compiled a list of research and analysis about content moderation policies, the creation of the Facebook Oversight Board and the frameworks that govern social media.


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