The board of directors quickly indicated that it would accept the dismissal, specifying that its decision “will be binding on Facebook”.
Still on the ice: The social media giant barred Trump from posting on Facebook or Instagram after his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, with the company saying risks of further violence warranted his suspension at least until the end of this mandate. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said last week the company had no plans to lift the suspension.
The initial move drew praise from Democratic lawmakers, who had long called on Facebook and other social media platforms to stop Trump and his allies from stirring up divisions and inciting violence. But Republicans have hammered tech companies for choking on the former president, reigniting claims that Silicon Valley companies are biased against the Tories. And some free speech advocates and foreign leaders have expressed concern about the impact of a private company making such decisions.
The watchdog, made up of former government officials, civil rights leaders and other outside experts, was officially launched last year with a mission to review and reconsider some of the most high-profile content decisions. from Facebook.
In the wings: Columbia Law School’s Professor Jamal Greene, co-chair of the board, said Thursday he plans to make a “timely and reasoned decision” on the matter.
“I think we all recognize that great attention will be paid to this matter, and it is an important matter, and therefore we will work as quickly as possible, consistent with deciding the matter in a coherent and reasoned manner. , ”Greene told POLITICO.
Greene was one of five Americans selected to serve among the initial 20 board members.
The impact: The board’s final decision on Trump could have major implications for how the social media giant handles the accounts of world leaders more broadly.
The group said Thursday that Facebook had also “asked the board for policy recommendations on suspensions when the user is a political leader.”
Mark Scott contributed to this report.