Facebook’s Board of Supervisors, an independent and international panel formed and sponsored by the social network, plans to announce on Wednesday “ The possible return of former President Donald J. Trump to the platform. ” has been an important speaker to him and his dozens or not. of millions of followers.
This decision will be closely watched as a template for how private companies operating the social network handle political speech, including misinformation spread by key leaders. treatment.
Mr. Trump locked Facebook indefinitely on January 7 after he used his social media accounts to incite a crowd of his supporters to storm the Capitol the day before. Mr. Trump refused to accept defeat in his election, saying that the election was stolen from his hands.
At a time when Facebook banned Mr. Trump, the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, wrote in a post: “We believe it is risky to allow the president to continue using our services for the time being. This is simply too big ”.
Two weeks later, the company referred Mr. Trump’s case to Facebook’s Supervisory Board to make a final decision on whether the ban should be permanent. Facebook and board members said board decisions were binding, but critics doubted the board’s independence. Critics said the jury was the first Supreme Court-like organization for online speaking, sponsored by a private company with a poor track record of enforcing its own rules. me.
Facebook’s approach to political speech is inconsistent. In October 2019, Zuckerberg announced that the company would not physically test political speeches and said that even the lies of politicians deserve a place on social media for the public. to hear all the opinions of political leaders. But Mr. Trump’s comments on Jan. 6 were different, the company said, because it incited violence and threatened a peaceful process of power transfers during elections.
On Monday, Mr. Trump continued to deny the election results.
“The fraudulent presidential election of 2020, from this day forward, is called a BIG COMBINATION!”, He said in an emailed statement.