Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board, but the permanent nature of the ban was questioned by the board.
The Oversight Board, a body that deals with Facebook’s community guidelines, has decided that Trump had broken Facebook’s community standards, and upheld the ban. This means that Trump’s suspension remains in place for now.
However, the Board ordered Facebook to review the decision so that the rules could be consistent — and that the former president would be treated like ordinary users.
“It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored,” it said in a statement.
Facebook must respond within six months, it said.
“We are telling Facebook to go back and be more transparent about how it assesses these things. Treat all users the same and don’t give arbitrary penalties,” said co-chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt, admitting that the body did not have an easy answer.