Facebook’s team of independent experts, informally known as the Facebook “supreme court”, will take a call on former president Donald Trump’s suspension for “fomenting insurrection”. After rioters supporting Trump stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, Facebook and Instagram suspended him. The violence was incited by Trump as he motivated his supporters to overturn the election defeat.

Besides ban on various social media platforms, Trump became the only President to be impeached by the US House of Representatives twice.

The independent oversight board of Facebook has the authority to make rules that even chief executive Mark Zuckerberg can’t undermine.

“We believe our decision was necessary and right,” Facebook Global Affairs vice president Nick Clegg said in a blog post.

“Our decision to suspend then-president Trump’s access was taken in extraordinary circumstances: a US president actively fomenting a violent insurrection designed to thwart the peaceful transition of power; five people killed; legislators fleeing the seat of democracy,” he added.

Clegg, who acted as deputy British prime minister earlier, made it clear that Trump is not allowed to access his accounts on Facebook and Instagram before a oversight board decision.

“We hope, given the clear justification for our actions on January 7, that it will uphold the choices we made. Along with the ruling, Facebook will welcome “recommendations from the board around suspensions when the user is a political leader,” he said.

“We have taken the view that in open democracies people have a right to hear what their politicians are saying – the good, the bad and the ugly – so that they can be held to account,” Clegg added.