February 3, 2023

Want Trump off Facebook forever? Here’s how to make your voice heard.

The Facebook Oversight Board is reviewing the decision to ban former President Donald Trump from its platform, a decision that made a fair number of folks happy and, obviously, upset lots of Trump supporters. Now those decision-makers want your help. 

Really – they want your thoughts. The Oversight Board is soliciting comments on the decision to ban Trump, and his potential comeback. So if you, let’s say, want to ensure the former commander-in-chief remains off social media, you have a way to help. 

Here’s the link to the Oversight Board’s instructions on how to comment on the case. The TL;DR, your comment must: 

  • Be sent by 10:00 a.m. ET on Feb. 8. 

  • Be no more than 2 pages in Times New Roman 12pt font.  

  • Include your full name and organization. 

  • Address the issues identified by the Oversight Board.

  • Not be irrelevant, abusive, or disrespectful of the human and fundamental rights of any person or group of persons.

At the bottom of that instruction page is a button to click that’ll take you to a landing page to submit your comment. 

The Oversight Board says it’s interested in hearing comments on whether Facebook had violated its responsibility to respect freedom of expression, how the company should assess offline context to whether a post incites violence, and how it should treat the expression of political figures, among other things. 

Here’s what the Oversight Board wrote, in its own words, about what it’s interested in hearing comment on. 

Here are the parameters for comment  on the Trump ban.

Here are the parameters for comment  on the Trump ban.

Trump was banned for two posts made during the storming of the Capitol. One was a video where he insisted the election was stolen while rioters stormed and another was a post that said “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots.” 

The Oversight Board, an independent body created in 2018, has shown a willingness to overturn decisions to remove content. It decided its first five cases on Friday, and reversed the decision to remove content in four instances.