Talking Tech - May 7:
Trump’s Facebook ban is upheld.. for now

Facebook’s Oversight Board sends the decision back to Facebook

The basics of the ruling was that Facebook’s Oversight Board believes Facebook did the right thing – suspending the account for enough time to protect against “imminent harm”. Facebook has a pretty clear policy and approach to this. 

Here’s something odd though.. there’s a bit of a technicality. At the moment Trump’s ability to post is turned off indefinitely, but he’s not permanently suspended. Facebook has a policy which allows for a permanent suspension, but not the ability to prevent someone from posting indefinitely. So that has given the Board the ability to send this decision back to Facebook to basically re-sentence Trump within the rules of the policies – and to provide reasoning – within six months. 

Paul Stenhouse is the Technology Contributor on Newstalk ZB’s ‘Saturday Morning with Jack Tame’.

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