“It’s an important case, and so we’ll work as quickly as we can, consistent with deciding the case in a principled and consistent way,” Jamal Greene, a Columbia Law School professor and co-chair of the body, told POLITICO. “We’ll all work hard to decide it as quickly as we can do responsibly.”
The public comments will be posted online when the board publishes its ruling in the Trump case.
The case represents a watershed moment on the limits that social media companies can impose on elected officials for online posts targeting potentially tens of millions of would-be voters. Trump also remains suspended by numerous other platforms, including Twitter.
Facebook has come under scrutiny from Republicans over accusations that it and other tech giants censor conservatives’ speech, while Democrats blame the company for not acting swiftly enough to clamp down on Trump’s partisan comments before and during the Jan. 6 riots.
The Oversight Board’s decision in the Trump case will be binding on Facebook. In its first series of rulings, announced Thursday, the group ruled against the company’s decisions to remove online posts in four out of five cases involving issues such as religious bias and threats of violence.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former Danish prime minister and another co-chair of the group, told POLITICO not to interpret those as a precedent for how the body may eventually rule in Trump’s case. “You can’t read anything into that,” she said.
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