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Facebook’s oversight board will announce this morning whether Donald Trump will be allowed back on to the platform, a landmark decision that will have major implications for the political future of the former president and the Republican party.
The social media platform suspended Trump’s account indefinitely four months ago over fears he could stir further violence and unrest following the storming of the Capitol by a mob of the 45th president’s supporters on January 6.
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the time. Later in January, Facebook asked its oversight board — a Supreme Court-style body first appointed in 2020 that hears appeals from users on its content moderation decisions — to review the ban, as well as provide more general recommendations about how the platform should treat rule-breaking content from world leaders.
The decision, which is binding, is expected at about 9am ET, and will dictate whether Trump will be able to regain access to a powerful channel for energising his supporters and raking in fundraising dollars. It will be the biggest test to date of Facebook’s 20-member oversight board, made up of academics, civil rights groups and experts across the political spectrum.
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