Facebook’s Oversight Board upholds Trump suspension

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the social platform’s suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. In doing so, however, it has rebuked the company, criticising the open-ended nature of the suspension as an “indeterminate and standardless penalty”, and insisted that Facebook review its response.

The decision was revealed in a blog post by Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg.

Facebook said it will consider the board’s decision and determine an action that is “clear and proportionate”. In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s accounts remain suspended.

The board also made a number of recommendations on how Facebook should improve its policies. Facebook said that while these recommendations are not binding, it actively sought the board’s views on its policies around political figures and will carefully review its recommendations.

Yesterday, Mr. Trump announced that he had launched a new website, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump. Users will be able to like posts they see on the site, and also share them to their own twitter and Facebook accounts, despite the fact that Trump is currently banned by Twitter and remains suspended by Facebook.