Facebook’s independent oversight board will announce whether it will uphold its suspension of Donald Trump from the company’s platforms on 5 May.

The social media company indefinitely suspended then-president Trump from Facebook and Instagram following an insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January.

In April, the board announced that it received more than 9,000 responses following an extended public comment period.

Following the pro-Trump riots, fulled by the former president’s persistent lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him and his supporters, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

Facebook handed a decision over his indefinite suspension to the oversight board, which contains an international group of free speech, human rights and technology experts and legal scholars, providing the company with “principled, independent decisions that are binding on Facebook about important pieces of content” and issuing advisory opinions on Facebook’s content moderation policies.

The board will announce a decision in Mr Trump’s case at 9am EST on Wednesday.

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