The board quickly announced that they would accept the referral, noting that its decision “will be binding on Facebook.”
Still on ice: The social media giant prevented Trump from posting on either Facebook or Instagram after his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, where the company said the risk of further violence warranted suspending him at least by the end of that period. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said last week that the company had no plans to lift the suspension.
The original decision drew praise from Democratic lawmakers who had long called on Facebook and other social media platforms to prevent Trump and his allies from lifting divisions and encouraging violence. But Republicans have hammered technology companies to stifle the former president and revive accusations that Silicon Valley companies are biased against conservatives. And some freedom of speech advocates and foreign leaders have expressed concern about the impact of a private company making such decisions.
The Board of Supervisors, made up of former officials, civil rights leaders and other external experts, was officially launched last year with the task of reviewing and reconsidering some of Facebook̵
Backstage: Columbia Law School professor Jamal Greene, a co-chair of the board, said Thursday that it plans to make a “timely and principled decision” on the matter.
“I think we all recognize that great emphasis will be placed on this matter, and it is an important matter, and so we will work as quickly as possible, in accordance with deciding the matter in a principled and consistent manner. , ”Greene told POLITICO.
Greene was one of five Americans elected to serve among the 20 original members of the board.
The collision: The board’s eventual decision on Trump could have major implications for how the social media giant handles the world leader’s accounts more broadly.
The group said Thursday that Facebook had also “requested political recommendations from the board about suspension when the user is a political leader.”
Mark Scott contributed to this report.