What you need to know about the board deciding Trump's fate on Facebook
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The question of whether former President Donald Trump should be allowed back on Facebook is the biggest, most contentious and most controversial single content moderation decision the company has ever made. So who's going to make that call? Well, surprisingly, not company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The decision will instead be made by the Facebook Oversight Board, an independent body often described as a kind of Supreme Court for Facebook.
The board is an independent, court-like entity for appealing content decisions on Facebook-owned platforms.
Facebook says that decisions made by the board are final.
Some -- perhaps many -- decisions the board makes may ultimately not be what Facebook would want, or might put the company in some uncomfortable positions.
What happens after the board makes a decision on Trump's Facebook account?
The board's decision on whether Trump should be allowed back on the platform is supposed to be binding, meaning Facebook is supposed to take the action.
In its first set of rulings in January, the board overturned some decisions Facebook had made.