Facebook's 'Supreme Court' taking comments on Trump's suspension

“It is an important case and so we will work as soon as possible to resolve the case principally and consistently,” Jamal Greene, professor at Columbia Law School and co-chair of the panel, told POLITICO. “We’ll all work hard to decide it as soon as possible.”

The public comments will be posted online when the board publishes its decision on the Trump case.

The case marks a turning point in the limits social media companies can impose on elected officials on online posts that are aimed at potentially tens of millions of potential voters. Trump also remains suspended from numerous other platforms, including Twitter.

Facebook has been under scrutiny by Republicans over allegations that it and other tech giants are censoring Conservative speech, while Democrats accuse the company of not acting fast enough to cover Trump’s partisan comments before and during the Jan. 6 riot contain.

The Oversight Board’s decision in the Trump case is binding on Facebook. In its first series of decisions, announced Thursday, the group ruled against the company’s decision to remove online posts in four out of five cases that related to issues such as religious bias and threats of violence.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former Danish Prime Minister and another co-chair of the group, told POLITICO not to interpret this as a precedent for how the body might ultimately rule in Trump’s case. “You can’t read anything in it,” she said.

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