The oversight board, which makes decisions that are binding on Facebook and cannot be appealed, will rule on whether to leave in place the Trump ban, or allow him back on the platform. It may also make related recommendations to the California-based social giant.
“This is a huge decision, it’s getting a lot of attention and deservedly so,” said Daniel Kreiss, University of North Carolina professor and researcher specialising in politics and social media.
“This is significant for the global precedent it will set. If they uphold the ruling I think you will see more robust enforcement around the world.”
The oversight panel, comprised of jurists, policy experts, journalists and others from around the world, will be making perhaps its most significant decision at a time when social platforms are struggling to remain open to political discourse while filtering out incitements to violence, misinformation and abusive comments.
Mr Trump was suspended from Facebook after he posted a video during the deadly rampage at the Capitol by his supporters in which he stated: “We love you, you’re very special.”
The US leader was banned permanently by Facebook the following day, and he was taken off other platforms including Twitter and YouTube.
Regardless of Facebook’s decision on Wednesday a Twitter spokesperson said that Mr Trump is permanently suspended from tweeting. 


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