Facebook's oversight board tosses Trump question back to CEO

The decision by the panel of experts is a setback for Facebook

A phone showing a statement on Wednesday by former US president Donald Trump, with his Facebook page in the background. He says it is a “total disgrace” for online giants to institute social media bans. PHOTO: AFP

(NYTIMES) Facebook's oversight board has upheld the social network's temporary suspension of Mr Donald Trump but declined to decide when, or whether, that ban should be lifted. The decision dashed the former US president's hopes for a swift reinstatement by a body charged with reviewing the platform's content moderation practices. But it also sent a message that the scope of the board's power is limited and that the ultimate responsibility for these questions still lies with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and the company.

The London-based body of about 20 outside experts - former political leaders, human rights activists and journalists - called on Wednesday for the company to re-examine the penalty within six months and decide whether to reinstate Mr Trump, set a finite suspension or ban him for good.

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