Facebook asked an oversight board to verify that its decision should be reversed in an indefinite time to suspend the former president.
Trump remains banned from Facebook and Instagram and this Wednesday could end his exile
Facebook’s independent content board plans to announce on Wednesday whether it will reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account after he was banned from the social media platform in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
The ban was initially temporary, but the next day it was changed to an indefinite suspension.
The Facebook board indicated in a tweet on Monday that it will announce its decision on Trump’s access on Wednesday.
The company suspended Trump from posting to his 35 million followers after he encouraged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Facebook asked the Oversight Council, an independent group of scientists, lawyers and others, to verify the decision to suspend Trump and determine whether he should turn himself in.
The company had previously committed to act on the Executive Council’s recommendation.
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Facebook CEO Zuckerberg commented at the time.
Trump was also vetoed in January by Twitter, a move the company says is permanent.
He was also blocked on Snapchat, YouTube and Twitch, among other networks.
Losing access to social networks was a political blow to Trump.
The ban on Twitter, which he used for everything from insulting rivals to major political announcements, and where he had 89 million followers, meant he was undermined in the weeks after leaving office in January.