Facebook has rightly blocked former President Trump. That is what the companys supervisory board, the so-called Oversight Board, has ruled. But the platform will have to look again to see if the exile is forever. Facebook gets six months for this.
The supervisory board gives the platform a tap on the fingers: “By applying a vague and non-standard punishment and then referring the case to the board, Facebook avoids responsibility.” While Facebook has set up the Oversight Board correctly so that it does not have to judge the most complicated issue. The hot issue will soon end up on top man Zuckerbergs desk.
In a first comment, Facebook tells us to study the decision, the company will decide which measure against Trump is “proportional”. The former president calls the actions of Twitter, Facebook and Google (all of them blocked him) a “disgrace” to the US. He believes that the social media companies should pay a political price for their actions.
Case possibly back to supervisory board
According to the Council, the former president “severely” violated the rules of the platform with the two reports. It also considers that there was indeed a persistent risk of violence. At the same time, it is argued that it is not “appropriate” to allow the suspension to go through indefinitely. This is because this option does not exist within the Facebook policies.
In conversation with journalists, the board says that Facebook has three options: restoring Trumps account, permanently banning him or suspending him for a certain period of time. At the same time, it is taken into account that in six months time, that is the period for Facebook to make its own choice, the matter will be brought back to the Supervisory Board.
Storming of Capitol
The social network suspended Trumps accounts indefinitely in early January. Topman Mark Zuckerberg had decided to do this as a result of the Capitol Storming in early January. Trump posted a message around that storm twice, encouraging protesters in the eyes of the platform, thereby violating the rules.
According to Zuckerberg, the risk of recurrence was too great.