Facebook’s Oversight Board Didn’t Solve the Trump Problem | Analysis

The Board, which was supposed to provide clarity on Facebook’s censorship decisions, provided confusion instead

Former President Donald Trump’s Facebook future was supposed to be determined on Wednesday morning; instead, the can got kicked down the road in a move that calls into question why Facebook’s “Oversight Board” even exists.

At 6:15 a.m. PT on Wednesday, the Oversight Board — an independent 20-person team that, according to Facebook, consists of global “experts” on topics like journalism, international politics and free expression — determined the company was “justified” in kicking Trump off its platform in January but declined to weigh in on whether (and when) he might be able to rejoin.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44