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Facebook submits suspension of Donald Trump’s account to independent committee

“We believe our decision was necessary and appropriate,” commented Nick Clegg, vice president of Facebook, in making the announcement Thursday.

Facebook has suspended Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for at least two weeks following the violent invasion of the United States Capitol on January 6 by a crowd of his supporters, which temporarily disrupted the certification of the Democrat’s electoral victory Joe Biden.

The decisions of this independent committee are binding and cannot be overturned by founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The social network set it up in order to provide a counterweight to the company’s decisions regarding the content of the platform. Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger sit in this independent body. Users can take it up if they believe their content has been unfairly removed, while Facebook can also address various questions to them about the handling of ads, groups or pages.

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