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Facebook Oversight Board decision coming Wednesday


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Facebook’s Oversight Board is ready to make a ruling on whether former President Donald Trump’s suspension on the platform should remain permanent.

On Monday, the board announced it will hand down its decision Wednesday at approximately 9 a.m. ET.

In January, Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts on the platform and on Facebook-owned Instagram the day after a group of his supporters stormed the Capitol

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on Jan. 7.

The Oversight Board’s decision cannot be overruled by Zuckerberg. 

In February, the board confirmed it had received an appeal on behalf of Trump seeking reinstatement of his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Trump’s accounts on YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter remain suspended.

Last week, the Florida state legislature approved a bill preventing social media companies from “deplatforming” politicians such as Trump. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign it into law.

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Jessica Guynn contributed to this report. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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