Trump pleads with Facebook to restore his suspended accounts

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Donald Trump who was banned from social media giants Facebook and Instagram has appealed his suspension.

The former President lodged the appeal with Facebook Oversight Board, co-chaired by former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

But, his appeal will not be considered, until about 10 weeks’ time, the board says.

 “We can confirm that a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts,” a spokesperson for the Oversight Board said in a statement.

‘We have decided that we are going to take this case,’ Thorning-Schmidt said on Tuesday in an interview with UK’s Channel Four.

‘It’s a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place.’

She further stated that the oversight board cannot singlehandedly make certain decisions but is inviting public feedback on the case for them to look at and they have already received public comments in the thousands and thousands’.

‘One thing I think is quite good about how we deal with these things is not only does Facebook have a statement about why they did what they did. The user can also put in their statement about their opinion,’ she said.

‘A third thing that can happen is that we are open for public comments about this particular case. We’ve already received public comments in the thousands and thousands.’

Trump was suspended indefinitely by Facebook in January, following his continuous breaching of the platform’s rules. He was banned from Twitter permanently.

After the November 3 2020 election, Trump became notorious for posting falsehoods, casting aspersions on notable individuals, and claiming he won the election by a landslide whereas the truth was that he lost by a landslide.

Some of the posts he made at that time gave kudos to and also supported the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on 6 January and tried to stop Biden’s confirmation by congress, destroying public properties, which also led to the deaths of five persons including a policeman for which he was impeached by the House of Representatives.

Facebook announced in January that it asked the Oversight Board to review its decision to suspend Trump on Jan. 7, the day after a group of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol and unleashed mayhem.

The Trump ban is the most consequential case yet for the Oversight Board, carrying far-reaching political implications for the nation.

Facebook’s Oversight Board launched last year to review the toughest calls the company makes. It is supposed to function as an independent entity but gets financial backing and technical support from Facebook.

The Oversight Board has 90 days to make a decision, but a ruling is expected more quickly. Its decision is binding and cannot be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or any other Facebook executive.