Trump could be back on social media THIS WEEK as Facebook set to announce whether his profile will be reactivated

FACEBOOK's independent oversight board said it would make a ruling on Wednesday morning on whether Donald Trump would be allowed to return to the company's platforms.

The former President was indefinitely banned from Facebook and Instagram on January 7, the day after the Capitol riot.


On January 6 pro-Donald Trump supporters stormed through the US Capitol in Washington DC as Congress members were meeting to vote and certify the election results.

Five people lost their lives during the riot including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.

Facebook's panel will oversee Trump's fate on social media and their decision will be announced later this week.

“The Oversight Board will announce its decision on the case concerning former US President Trump on May 5, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT,” the board posted on Twitter.

The Oversight Board is made up of a panel of 20 members from around the world that according to the board's website "represent a diverse set of disciplines and backgrounds."

Following the protests at the Capitol in January Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained why he would ban Trump for at least the rest of his presidency.

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.

"Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete."

Trump had amassed 35 million followers on Facebook, though it was not his social media of choice.

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Twitter, where Trump was permanently banned, has yet to revise its decision.

On January 14, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained his reasoning behind banning Trump.

"I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here.

"After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?

"I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.

"We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.

"Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all."

On Friday Trump critized Twtter in a statement reporting a dip in the platform's stock prices.

"Bad forecasts are hurting the outlook but more importantly, in my opinion, it has become totally BORING as people flock to leave the site," he wrote.

"I guess that’s what happens when you go against FREEDOM OF SPEECH! It will happen to others also."

Despite Trump's rant that people are leaving the social media site, CNBC claimed that Twitter seen a significant growth in users and ad revenue recently.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has repeated claims that last year's presidential election was "fraudulent" and branded the 2020 vote as "the big lie".

Senator Susan Collins slammed a group of Republicans for booing Mitt Romney during a GOP convention on Saturday, saying she was "appalled" by their actions.

Donald Trump's Scottish firms have been criticized for receiving $700,000 from a UK Covid furlough scheme despite axing their staff.

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