The posts in question include a one-minute video Trump posted to his account on January 6 that reiterates unfounded allegations that the US election was stolen from him and offers words of sympathy to the Capitol hooligans, some of whom were, at that point, going on. To endanger the lives of members of Congress and the Capitol Police.
The second is a written post in which Trump wrote: “These are the things and events that happen when a landslide election victory is stripped informally and brutally from great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long. Come home with love and peace. Remember this day forever! ”
Facebook removed the video, removed the post, and then banned Trump from its platform and Instagram for 24 hours before saying that the ban would remain in place indefinitely and at least during the day of the inauguration.
Although Trump’s pages remain live, he has not been allowed to post anything to Facebook or Instagram since January 6.
Facebook referred its decision to the oversight board last week, citing the unprecedented measures the company’s leadership felt compelled to take after Trump instigated a riot that killed five people, including a police officer.
The oversight board, formed last year and made up of 20 experts from around the world with a significant degree of background and career diversity, expects a decision to be made by the end of next month.
The council took over the first batch of cases last month, but announced its first rulings in five cases earlier this week, favoring removing one and canceling four others.
It is also looking for feedback on how the company “assesses the context outside of Facebook in implementing its community standards”, particularly when there is a threat of violence; How it should “deal with terminology of political candidates, incumbents and former officeholders”; And whether to facilitate access to Facebook’s rules regarding account enforcement such as suspensions and bans, as well as appeals about that enforcement.
The board is likewise looking for feedback on the considerations that should be taken into account to ensure that Facebook’s rules are consistently enforced around the world, especially when compared to Facebook’s “merit to post” exemption. That waiver is what Facebook has relied on in the past when defending its choice to continue controversial Trump posts, such as Trump’s comments about protests against police brutality last summer, and content from other world leaders that may violate its standards.
The oversight board says it will accept public comments until 10 a.m. ET on February 5th, and lists a number of requirements – requests must be written in English and no longer than two pages when written in Times New Roman 12 point.
The guidelines state that only the oversight board will review requests to protect privacy and security, and those who decide to submit feedback will be given a choice whether any of them are to be published or publicly attributed to them as part of its deliberations and final decision. The judgment will contain any public comments in an appendix attached to the decision as long as the writer agrees.