Podcast: Facebook Oversight Board delivers its Trump verdict

Benjamin Wittes,
Benjamin Wittes Senior Fellow - Governance Studies, Editor-in-Chief - Lawfare

Evelyn Douek,
Evelyn Douek S.J.D. Candidate - Harvard Law School
Quinta Jurecic, and
Quinta Jurecic headshot
Quinta Jurecic Fellow - Governance Studies, Senior Editor - Lawfare

Jacob Schulz
Jacob Schulz Research Analyst, Governance Studies - The Brookings Institution, Associate Editor - Lawfare

May 7, 2021

Four months after the assault on the U.S. Capitol that prompted Facebook and a slew of other platforms to ban then-President Donald Trump, the Facebook Oversight Board this week delivered its long-awaited ruling on whether the former president can return to the platform. Its decision was a complicated one, faulting the company for imposing an indefinite suspension that wasn’t in its rulebook and ordering the plaftorm to decide on a time-bound penalty. In a special edition of Lawfare‘s Arbiters of Truth, a miniseries about the online information ecosystem, Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes speaks with Evelyn Douek, Quinta Jurecic and Lawfare Deputy Managing Editor Jacob Schulz about the ruling and what comes next.