Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, emphasized in a company blog post Thursday that the board's decision "can't be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook".
"Our decision to suspend then-President Trump's access was taken in extraordinary circumstances: A US president actively fomenting a violent insurrection created to thwart the peaceful transition of power; five people killed; legislators fleeing the seat of democracy", Clegg said in a blog post.
Noting that this case "is important for people in the U.S., and around the world", the Board is going to be asking for public comment to help it in making its decision. The Oversight Board will also accept public comments on the case starting next week.
The social media company blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts following the storming of the US Capitol by the former president's supporters earlier this month. "The Board is ready to provide a thorough and independent assessment of the company's decision". "This case is important for people in the USA, and around the world".More news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encourages Manchester United strikers to follow Edinson Cavanis example
According to the Oversight Board, in the coming days, the case will be assigned to a five-member case review panel. The Facebook Oversight Board is made up of scholars, journalists and former lawmakers from around the world.
Now, two weeks later, Facebook is referring to its independent oversight board to determine if Trump's accounts should be permanently suspended. The board, which said it had accepted the case, will have a maximum of 90 days to make a ruling and for Facebook to act on it.
Now, Facebook wants its newly formed independent oversight board to weigh in and decide whether it should reinstate Trump. And, the panel making the decision on whether to ever give Trump his account back will be randomly assigned, and only one of the five people on the panel is required to be American.More news: Woman gets 43-yr jail term for insulting Thai monarch
Facebook's panel is meant to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech - or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one.
Many activists and experts have welcomed the board, though some have dismissed it as a sham whose powers are too narrow to truly hold Facebook accountable.
Mr Zuckerberg first proposed the board in 2018 as a way of checking Facebook's vast global power over online speech, which has only grown since then as the company's services gained an estimated 500m more users. There are other people who think that we should leave much more up. As ever, Facebook will have to abide by its decision.More news: Hillary Clinton Suggests Trump Incited Capitol Riot on Putin's Behalf