Sometime in the coming weeks, Facebook’s new Oversight Board will announce whether Donald Trump will be allowed to post again on Facebook and Instagram.

In recent weeks, two major clues have emerged that appear to suggest that Trump may get his accounts reinstated.

During Thursday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the Oversight Board will make the decision and he will support the ruling.

In response to a question posed by Rep. Billy Long of Missouri asking “If the oversight board decides that Facebook should have left President Trump’s account up, what will you do?”

Zuckerberg said: “Congressman, we will respect the decision of the oversight board, and if they tell us that former President Trump’s account should be reinstated, then we will honor that.”

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The board is comprised of nineteen members who have been drawn from an array of international institutions which Facebook has assembled to provide what it refers to as a “global perspective” who are “committed to making principled, independent decisions that are binding on Facebook about important pieces of content” and the ruling on restoring Trump’s account will put their ability to make those decisions without any political bias to the test.

The second clue came from a Bloomberg report earlier this week.

Bloomberg reported:


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Describing his pending case on its website, the board narrows its focus to just two posts from Jan. 6. In the first, Trump appeared in a video while the rioters were still ransacking the Capitol. “We had an election that was stolen from us,” he told the insurrectionists.

He said they should go home but added, “We love you. You’re very special.” In a later written message, posted while police were securing the Capitol, he said, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously ripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

This framing of the case suggests the board may not consider adequately the broader context: the pattern of Trump’s Facebook and Twitter pronouncements, going back months, in which he tried to erode popular faith in voting and the peaceful transfer or power.

Another possible signal that should give Trump some confidence is the board’s assertion in its case preview that Facebook wasn’t crystal clear about which of its rules he violated.

While nothing is guaranteed, it appears as if Trump has a solid chance of getting his Facebook and Instagram accounts back.

This could also motivate other outlets like Twitter to follow suit and giving Trump his account back.

SOURCE: Conservative Brief

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