By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 5-5-21

Facebook’s outside oversight board has upheld the suspension of former president Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, but it has told the company that it was not appropriate for the company to impose a permanent ban, which it called an “indeterminate and standard-less penalty.”

Facebook took down the account Jan. 7, the day after the Capitol insurrection, about which Trump had commented on social media that it was the natural result of a stolen election….

The board said what Facebook has to do now is review the decision “to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform,” suggesting that it might be tough to uphold a permanent ban.

The board has given Facebook six months to reexamine the penalty and decide the appropriate one. In the meantime the ban (or suspension) remains in force.  » Read More