If former President Donald Trump is interested in being on Facebook again, his fate is in the hands of the tech company’s newly instituted Oversight Board, which is an independent body that acts as a sort of Facebook Supreme Court.
Their poser is undeniable, as a decision by them cannot be overruled, not even by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The board will start to accept people to comment publicly on the case next week, and they they can take up to 90 days to make a decision, but the board has already said they are committed to deciding much quicker than that. Trump has been booted off Facebook since January 7, one day after the riots at the Capitol building, which Facebook said Trump played a role in inciting.
“We believe our decision was necessary and right,” Facebook said in a blog post. “Given its significance, we think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld.”
The Supreme Court/Oversight Board was created in October for the sole purpose of reviewing Facebook’s more difficult content moderation decisions.
Sitting on the board are a mix of scholars, journalists and former lawmakers from all over the world. In other words, the types of people that seem to despise Donald Trump more than any other groups.
I wonder which way they are going to rule? Hopefully Trump isn’t holding his breath on this one, because it looks like his days on Facebook have no shot of coming back.