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Facebook's oversight board to rule on Trump ban

Posted On: Mar 9, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

OAKLAND, Calif. - Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former president Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel.
The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision to suspend Trump after he incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in a deadly assault on Jan. 6. But it said it's referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an “independent judgment” on upholding the decision.
Facebook's panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech - or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one. It is empowered to make binding rulings - that is, ones that can't be overturned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg - on whether posts or ads violate the company's rules. Any other findings will be considered “guidance” by Facebook. The board does not set Facebook policies or decide if the company is doing enough to enforce them in...

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