Trump criticizes Facebook’s ongoing ban, oversight board urges review

Former US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Facebook after the social media giant’s oversight board upheld its suspension, urging a review of the indefinite ban within six months.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump expressed dissatisfaction with Facebook’s decision to maintain the suspension of its platform, while calling for an indefinite ban to be reconsidered. The social media company’s independent oversight board, which reviews content, upheld the suspension while stressing the need to reassess the duration of the ban.

The Oversight Board’s decision is an endorsement and criticism of Facebook’s actions. The board acknowledged that the initial suspension was justified due to the risk of inciting violence, particularly in the wake of the U.S. Capitol insurrection. However, the board criticized Facebook’s “indefinite” suspension, saying it was inappropriate and lacked clear criteria.

Michael McConnell, co-chair of the oversight board, raised concerns about the international legality of indefinite penalties, saying: “Such indefinite penalties do not pass the international sniff test.” On a conference call with reporters, he highlighted Facebook’s Attempts to shirk responsibility by handing over the decision-making process to oversight boards.

In response to the oversight board’s ruling, Trump issued a statement condemning social media companies for violating his right to free speech. He asserted that “what Facebook, Twitter and Google have done is a complete disgrace and humiliation to our country.” Trump’s statement further called for accountability and consequences for these “corrupt social media companies.”

Facebook also acknowledged the oversight committee’s recommendation to review the indefinite ban. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, said in a blog post that the company would carefully consider the decision and respond with “clear and proportion