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Facebook has confirmed the date on which its long-awaited announcement on the status of former President Trump’s Facebook account will be made public.
Following the Jan. 6 Capitol protests, the organisation deleted Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in an attempt to reverse the 2020 election outcome. Twitter and YouTube have since blocked the former President, noting a continuing risk of incitement and abuse.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote at the time.
On Monday, May 3, Facebook said that its Oversight Board will announce its long-anticipated decision on the fate of former President Trump’s Facebook account at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
The Facebook Oversight Board said last month that it had received over 9,000 public responses concerning Trump’s indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram.
Following the complaints/responses, Facebook handed the decision to the Oversight board- an independent body which has the power to reverse content decisions and set precedent for the company.
According to reports, Trump is set to launch his own social media platform in the coming months.