Facebook said on Thursday that it is submitting its decision to suspend the account of former US President Donald Trump indefinitely to its independent oversight committee.

The recently established board of directors can overturn the company’s decision on content, and Trump will review the decision, and Trump will remain suspended.

As supporters of the former president swept the U.S. Capitol on January 6, people were worried about further violence and unrest, so Facebook blocked Trump from accessing his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, told Reuters: “I have full confidence in our case.” “I am very confident that any reasonable person is considering the circumstances under which we made the decision and considering our existing I agree to policies.”

He said: “Of course, this is a decision that has caused repercussions around the world.” This is the first time the company has blocked an incumbent president, prime minister or head of state.

Facebook did not ask for an expedited review, so the board of directors said on Thursday that it has accepted the case and will have up to 90 days to make a ruling and Facebook will take action. A spokesperson for the supervisory committee said this may be earlier than this.

The administrator of Trump’s Facebook page can choose to submit a written statement to challenge Facebook’s decision.

Facebook also asked the board to provide advice on when or should block political leaders. Facebook does not have to act on the recommendation, which is different from the binding case decision of the board of directors.

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The oversight committee currently consists of 20 members and was created by Facebook in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content.

“That’s why we are here to stay, not to leave these decisions to the leadership of Facebook, but to actually use the supervisory committee to consider this issue in a principled way,” the board co-chair, former Danish Prime Minister Heller So Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the minister.

The board of directors has been criticized for the delayed start-up time and limited powers, but has not yet ruled the first batch of cases.

Facebook said that before suspending Trump’s ban, the blockade will last at least until the end of Trump’s presidency, and may continue indefinitely. When Joe Biden was sworn in as president, Trump’s term expired on Wednesday.

Twitter has suspended Trump permanently.

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Clegg said Trump was not informed before Facebook decided to suspend him indefinitely.

He said: “Although this is a controversial decision, because he is the President of the United States, it is not actually a particularly complicated decision.” He added that he felt that there was a “crystallinity” between Trump’s words. Clear connection”. And the actions of people on the Capitol.

Facebook and other social media companies have come under fire for the proliferation of violent speech and election misinformation on their platforms, including Trump and his allies. This criticism only intensified around the turmoil in the Capitol, which was also incited and organized on social platforms.

When asked whether Facebook was partly responsible for the actions that caused the storm in the Capitol, Clegg said: “I accept that there will always be people who say we know this is going to happen. I dare say that I think it has never been easier than that. “

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He said that he does not expect recent events to cause other major policy changes.

“I… eagerly hope not to make a very significant course correction for us because of an incident, because we are a global company with global standards, so the same is true for the rest of the world,” he said.

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