Fb refers the Trump ban to its oversight board

President Donald Trump speaks to media representatives before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, United States on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

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Facebook announced Thursday that it would forward its decision to suspend former President Donald Trump’s account indefinitely to its newly established oversight body.

The independent body known as Facebook’s “Supreme Court” will review Trump’s suspension decision and make a binding decision on whether to restore the account. Until a decision is made, Trump’s account will remain suspended, the company said in a blog post.

The board will start accepting public comments on the case starting next week, a tweet said. It will take up to 90 days to make its decision, but its members have pledged to act as soon as possible, a panel spokesman told CNBC. A decision cannot be overridden by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or any other executive.

After Trump’s comments on social media led to a riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that killed five people, Facebook hopes the board will uphold its Jan. 7 decision to suspend Trump indefinitely .

“We believe our decision was necessary and right,” said Facebook in a blog post. “Given its importance, we believe it is important that the board review this and make an independent judgment as to whether it should be confirmed.”

The company’s oversight board was launched in October with the premise of reviewing difficult content moderation decisions. The Facebook Oversight Board is made up of academics, journalists, and former lawmakers from around the world. This will be the board’s first major fall.

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