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Defining moment for Facebook oversight panel with Trump ban ruling


The independent review board created by Facebook to consider its ban of former US president Donald Trump was to issue a ruling on Wednesday

Facebook's independent oversight board was set for a momentous decision on the platform's ban of former US president Donald Trump, as debate swirls on the role of social media in curbing hateful and abusive speech while controlling political discourse.

The ruling set for release at 1300 GMT Wednesday is likely to be a defining moment for the leading social network's so-called "supreme court", envisioned by company founder Mark Zuckerberg to make thorny decisions on what to allow or remove from Facebook.

The oversight board, whose decisions are binding on Facebook and cannot be appealed, will decide 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.

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