Facebook Refers Trump Account Suspension to Its Oversight Board

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Facebook will refer its decision to suspend former President Donald Trump’s account earlier this month to the company’s oversight board for a complete review, said company executive Nick Clegg.

“We believe our decision was necessary and right. Given its significance, we think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld,” Clegg said in a statement on Thursday, adding that in the interim, the president’s “access will be suspended indefinitely.”

“We look forward to receiving the board’s decision—and we hope, given the clear justification for our actions on January 7, that it will uphold the choices we made,” he wrote of the move to suspend Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, which each had tens of millions of followers. “In addition to the board’s determination on whether to uphold or overturn the indefinite suspension, Facebook welcomes any observations or recommendations from the board around suspensions when the user is a political leader.”

Earlier this month, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, in explaining the move to suspend a sitting president, claimed that the risks of Trump using the platform through Inauguration Day were too great.

And Facebook wasn’t the only Big Tech company to suspend Trump’s account, as Twitter, Google, Snapchat, Twitch, and other platforms also suspended Trump’s access around the same time. It came after a riot at the U. S. Capitol.

The president, meanwhile, condemned the violence at the Capitol but defended statements he made on Jan. 6. “People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump told reporters more than a week ago. “We want no violence … absolutely no violence,” he said.

“If you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level, about the riots in the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was the real problem,” Trump also remarked, noting that speeches and comments made by political leaders over the summer of 2020 may have incited violence.

Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives last week over his comments. About 10 Republicans joined Democrats to impeach him.

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