The resolution is expected to carry throughout two and a half months.
Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is a co-chair of the supervision board, told UK’s Channel 4 News that they are currently looking into the appeal concerning Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The board was set up to be an independent group to hear users’ applications and is constituted of 19 former politicians, journalists, and academics.
“It’s a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place,” Thorning-Schmidt said.
In a statement to The Epoch Times, the council confirmed that “a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”
“We will have no further comment concerning that statement until the Board has issued its decision,” they added.
Thorning-Schmidt said that the board has 90 days to reflect a resolution, adding that although the members would like to facilitate the process, the time frame is vital to allow for translations and specialists to share their opinions.
The board is also examining public comments on Trump’s appeal.
Thorning-Schmidt said they have already got “thousands” of public comments in this case.
Facebook banned Trump permanently in early January following the breach of the U.S. Capitol. The Silicon Valley company was not the only platform to suspend Trump amid a campaign these companies say is to eliminate harmful content from their platforms, even though most of the social media platforms only removed conservative opinions. Twitter, Google, Snapchat, Twitch, and other platforms also suspended Trump’s access around the same time.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company’s censorship by alleging the risks of Trump using the platform through Inauguration Day were too great.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Zuckerberg said in a statement at the time.
On the day that the Capitol was breached as Congress was selected to verify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Trump made two posts on Facebook that the company found offensive and removed, publicly citing Trump’s “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
In both of the posts, one being a video, Trump told his followers that “we have to have peace” and told them to “go home.”