“Whether you think the decision was justified or not, many people are understandably uncomfortable with the idea that technology companies have the power to ban elected leaders. Many private companies like Facebook shouldn’t be making these big decisions themselves. We agree, “Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications for Facebook, written in a blog post. “It would be better if these decisions were made within frameworks agreed upon by democratically accountable lawmakers. But in the absence of such laws, there are decisions we cannot avoid.”
The Supervisory Board has accepted the case. As always, Facebook will have to respect its decision. “The council was created to solve exactly these kinds of problems, ”said members in a report. “We provide critical independent oversight of Facebook decisions which have enormous implications for global human rights and freedom of expression. This matter is important to people in the United States and around the world. “
The Supervisory Board accepted a case from Facebook to review its decision to indefinitely suspend former US President Donald Trump from access to Facebook and Instagram. 1/5 https://t.co/qG6KC6qYDi
– Supervisory Board (@OversightBoard) January 21, 2021
A five-member panel will assess whether the content that led to Trump’s ban violated Facebook’s rules and values. “They will also examine whether the removal of content by Facebook has respected international human rights standards, including freedom of expression and other human rights,” the Supervisory Board said. Council members will vote on the decision once the panel shares its findings with them.
Trump will be able to submit a statement explaining why he thinks the ban should be lifted. The Supervisory Board will also be accept public comments on the case from next week.
Under its statutes, the board must rule on the case within 90 days. It will post the decision on its website, along with an explanation. Facebook will have one week to follow through on the decision and 30 days to issue a public response to any policy recommendations from the board.