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Trump Fans See Tyrannical Plot in Facebook Ruling

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In a move seemingly designed to aggrieve everyone, Donald Trump is neither permanently banned from Facebook nor immediately allowed back, the Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday.

In other words, the former president got a deferral on access to his followers on the world’s largest social-media platform. Still, voices on the right decried the independent board’s non-decision as evidence that Facebook had become more powerful than the government or the United Nations.

Facebook suspended Trump on Jan. 7, the day after he appeared to post support for fans who attacked the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s suspension immediately generated uproar on the right, prompting Facebook to seek guidance from its Oversight Board: a panel of approximately 20 people from the politics, human rights, and media fields. On Wednesday the board upheld Facebook’s decision to suspend Trump, but called on Facebook execs to make their own decision within the next six months.

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