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Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Suspension of former President Trump’s Account

Facebook's decision to ban former president Donald Trump was confirmed by Facebook's supervisory board on Wednesday.

“Trump’s posts during the Capitol riot severely violated Facebook’s rules and encouraged and legitimized violence,” the board said in a statement. The two posts in question included Trump, who was president at the time, saying on Jan. 6 that his supporters were “very special.”

Facebook suspended Trump in early January while he was still president. CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed there were risks in letting Trump continue posting on the stage in the wake of the January 6 U.S. Capitol breach.

“Facebook will implement the board’s decisions unless doing so could violate the law, and will respond constructively and in good faith to policy guidance put forth by the board,” Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications for the California-based technology giant, said in a statement last year.

Twitter banned Trump in January. The following month, a senior official said the ban was permanent.

Google's YouTube commented that same month but kept the possibility to allow it to regain access.

Trump mocked the actions of major tech companies as censorship, noting that the platforms had banned many conservatives.

May 5, 2021

Mary Hill

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