Facebook’s supervisory board has received a “user statement” in the event it decides whether the social media company was correct in indefinitely suspending former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, confirmed Tuesday a spokesperson for the board of directors.
Facebook turned the matter over to its independent board in January after blocking Trump’s access to his accounts over fears of further violent unrest after supporters of the former stormed the U.S. Capitol. President. The board process gave administrators of Trump’s page the opportunity to submit a statement challenging Facebook’s decision.
The spokesperson said the board would have no further comment until it made a decision.
The call was first reported by Channel 4 News in the UK.
Earlier this month, the supervisory board said it was extending the public comment period on the case by a week, citing “a high level of interest.”
The supervisory board spokeswoman said the board has received more than 9,000 comments on the Trump case, the most the board has had so far for all cases.
Several academics and civil rights activists have publicly shared their letters urging the board to ban Trump permanently. Republican lawmakers have spoken out against the ban and demanded that Trump’s accounts be restored.
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