Can Trump return to Facebook? This week we will know the answer

Facebook Oversight Board will let you know on Wednesday whether former US President Donald Trump will be allowed to be active on Facebook again. The Oversight Board is a kind of Supreme Court of the social media platform. Trump was banned from the platform on January 7, 2021 for his role in the storming of the Capitol.

After nearly four months of Trump’s deafening silence on social media, will we be able to read his tirades daily on Facebook again this week? On Wednesday we will learn more about the fate of Trump’s ambitions on Facebook.

The Facebook Oversight Board, a body within Facebook that looks at and can overturn decisions around its own regulations, will issue a ruling on the Trump case on May 5.

“ The Oversight Board will announce its decisions on the case of former US President Donald Trump on May 5, 2021, around 9 a.m. local time on the US East Coast, ” a tweet from the Oversight Board read.

Zuckerberg statement in January

On January 7th, Trump became temporarily banned from Facebook and Instagram. That was one day after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC in an attempt to foil Joe Biden’s ratification.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally announced the ban in a press release. Trump would certainly be unable to participate on Facebook social media platforms for the remainder of his term as president.

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours show that President Trump will use the last days of his presidency to thwart the peaceful surrender of his presidential power to his successor Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote on January 7. “We believe that continuing to allow Trump to use our services involves too many risks,” he said.

Trump had 35 million followers on Facebook. Twitter, which also kicked Trump off their platform, have not yet announced whether they will ever reverse that decision.

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