Statement on Facebook’s Response to the Oversight Board’s Decision Involving Former US President Donald Trump

The Oversight Board is encouraged that Facebook is adopting many of the Board’s policy recommendations in the case involving former US President Donald Trump. The Board is now assessing Facebook’s response to our recommendations, including greater transparency around the “strikes” policy, how Facebook will apply the “newsworthiness allowance” to the accounts of politicians and other influential individuals, and the new enforcement protocols. The Board also notes that Facebook has promptly determined a penalty for Mr. Trump within the timeframe set out by its decision.

The Board believes the steps Facebook has committed to today will contribute to greater clarity, consistency and transparency in the way the company moderates content, and promote public safety, defend human rights and respect freedom of expression. The Board monitors Facebook’s implementation of all its decisions and recommendations, and intends to hold the company to account on its commitments.

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