Trump submits statement of appeal to rejoin Facebook, Instagram

by Jenny Mount · Feb 24th, 2021 3:54 pm

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 2:53 pm

In an attempt to rejoin Facebook, former President Donald Trump has submitted a statement of appeal to an oversight board funded by Facebook.

Co-chair of the oversight board, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said its members are currently looking into the appeal regarding Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts. The board, which is made up of 19 former politicians, journalists, and academics, was set up to be an independent group to listen to users' appeals.

"It's a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place," said Thorning-Schmidt.

The board confirmed Trump had submitted the appeal.

"A user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts," the board said. "We will have no further comment concerning that statement until the Board has issued its decision."

The board has 90 days to come to a decision and said it will be reviewing the thousands of public comments submitted in the case.

Last week, Trump said that he was looking into options to return to social media but has ruled out re-joining Twitter, calling it "very boring" since many conservative users left after he was permanently banned.


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