The social media giant's independent oversight board in May upheld its block on Trump, which was enforced in the wake of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol over concerns that his posts were inciting violence.
A group calling itself the Real Facebook Oversight Board, which is critical of Facebook and its oversight panel, said in a statement Friday that the two-year ban brings Trump back just in time for the 2024 US presidential election and shows "no real strategy to address authoritarian leaders and extremist content, and no intention of taking serious action against disinformation and hate speech".
Facebook's oversight board said in a statement Friday that it is reviewing the company's latest action and "will offer further comment once this review is complete".
We now get Facebook's conditional, corporate-speak final say on the matter of Trump's ban from the platform, and it sounds like they've spent the last several weeks honing and polishing the language so that they can keep him banned for life. "Feels pretty unlikely that the zebra's going to change its stripes over the next two years".
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The group, often called Facebook's "supreme court", upheld the company's decision to remove Trump from the platform but said it was up to Facebook to decide just how long that ban should last.
Trump was suspended from Facebook and Instagram after posting a video during the attack by his fired-up supporters challenging his election loss, in which he told them: "We love you, you're very special". In addition, Facebook said it will make public whenever it does apply the exemption to a post.
Facebook will also introduce a strike system that could result in other leaders and politicians being suspended if they continue to break the company's rules around, for example, hate speech and inciting violence, the source said. "And Facebook still doesn't have the courage to ban him permanently from the platform", he said.
Facebook could announce the change as soon as this week, per the report. Facebook took the board's recommendations into account and determined that at the end of the two-year suspension it would look to "instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest" to determine if Trump's accounts were still a threat to public safety. The same will apply to average users.
"The board instructed us to review the decision and respond in a way that is clear and proportionate, and made a number of recommendations on how to improve our policies and processes", he wrote.
Rioters attack the Capitol Building on January 6. The board also accused Facebook of trying to "avoid its responsibilities". The company says it has never used the newsworthiness exemption for any of Trump's posts.
The oversight board, which was created as part of Zuckerberg's vision for a "supreme court" for hard content decisions, said it has begun a review of the latest decision on Trump "and will offer further comment once this review is complete".
YouTube has left open the door to his return when the risk of harm has subsided, but has not spelled out how it is determining that or any timetable for doing so. The former president, who this week shut down his recently-launched blog, has teased plans to launch his own platform but his team has given little detail.