Facebook’s Oversight Board, an independent and international panel that was created and funded by the social network, plans to announce Wednesday whether former President Donald J. Trump will be able to return to the platform.
The decision will be closely watched as a model for how private companies that run social media handle political discourse, including the disinformation spread by political leaders.
Trump was indefinitely banned from Facebook on January 7 after he used his social media accounts to incite a crowd of his supporters to storm the Capitol a day earlier. Trump had refused to accept his electoral defeat, saying that the elections had been stolen from him.
At the time Facebook banned Trump, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post:
We believe that the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.
Today, Monday, Trump continued to deny the election results.
“The 2020 fraudulent presidential elections will be, from this day, known as THE BIG LIE!” it said in an emailed statement.