X

Facebook's oversight board delays decision on Trump suspension

The board says it'll announce its decision in the coming weeks.

Carrie.jpg
Carrie.jpg
Carrie Mihalcik Former Managing Editor / News
Carrie was a managing editor at CNET focused on breaking and trending news. She'd been reporting and editing for more than a decade, including at the National Journal and Current TV.
Expertise Breaking News, Technology Credentials
  • Carrie has lived on both coasts and can definitively say that Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are the best.
Carrie Mihalcik
US President Donald Trump

In January, Facebook indefinitely blocked former President Donald Trump.

Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Facebook's content oversight board said that in the "coming weeks," it'll deliver a decision on former President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension from the social network. In a tweet Friday, the group said it's "extended the case timeline" in order to carefully review the more than 9,000 public comments it received on the case. 

In January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the decision to indefinitely ban Trump from the social network, following the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. Facebook then sent that decision to the oversight board on Jan. 21. The 20 member board has up to 90 days to reach a decision on most cases, which in this instance would've meant a ruling next week. 

The board said Friday that it's delaying its decision after earlier extending the deadline for public comments, which closed on Feb. 12. The board asked the public for its views on several issues surrounding the suspension, including whether the decision upholds Facebook's "responsibilities to respect freedom of expression" and how the company should weigh potentially dangerous activity off its platform when making decisions.