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Donald Trump appeals to Facebook

By Abankula

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has appealed his suspension by social media giant Facebook, both on Facebook and Instagram.

Trump lodged the appeal with Facebook Oversight Board, co-chaired by former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

But, his appeal will not be considered, until about 10 weeks time.

Trump was suspended indefinitely by Facebook in January, following his serial breaching of the platform’s rules. Twitter banned him permanently.

He was then posting falsehoods that he won the 3 November 2020 election by a landslide, whereas the truth was that he lost by a landslide.

Some of the posts also supported the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on 6 January, for which he was impeached by the House of Representatives.

“We can confirm that a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts,” a spokesperson for the Oversight Board said in a statement.

‘We have decided that we are going to take this case,’ Thorning-Schmidt said on Tuesday in an interview with UK’s Channel Four.

‘It’s a very high profile case but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place.’

She added that they are inviting public feedback on the case for them to look at and they have ‘already received public comments in the thousands and thousands’.

‘One thing I think is quite good about how we deal with these things is not only does Facebook have a statement about why they did what they did. The user can also put in their statement about their opinion,’ she said.

‘A third thing that can happen is that we are open for public comments about this particular case. We’ve already received public comments in the thousands and thousands.’

Facebook announced in January that it asked the Oversight Board to review its decision to suspend Trump on Jan. 7, the day after a group of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol.

The Trump ban is the most consequential case yet for the Oversight Board, carrying far-reaching political implications for the nation.

Facebook’s Oversight Board launched last year to review the toughest calls the company makes. It is supposed to function as an independent entity but gets financial backing and technical support from Facebook.

The Oversight Board has 90 days to make a decision, but a ruling is expected more quickly. Its decision is binding and cannot be overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg or any other Facebook executive.

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The National Industrial Court, sitting in Ibadan, has upheld the election of Mr Soji Amosu as the duly elected Chairman of Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Also, the court, in suit number NICN/IB/85/2019, affirmed the election of Kunle Olayeni as the Vice Chairman, Kunle Ewuoso as the Secretary and Abiodun Taiwo as the Assistant Secretary of the NUJ in Ogun.

DAILY POST reports that the union had been enmeshed in crisis over the election conducted in 2019.

A faction of the union in Ogun State had petitioned the National Chairman of the NUJ, Chris Iziguzo, complaining about the conduct of the election.

Consequent upon this, the NUJ President had dissolved the leadership of the state council by annulling the election of the applicants, saying it was not in line with Article 5, Paragraph 10 of the union’s constitution.

But Amosu and his colleagues dragged the NUJ before the National Industrial Court to challenge the dissolution of the union’s leadership in Ogun State.

In his judgement on Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice J. D. Peters, said the annulment of the claimant’s March 29, 2019 election was illegal, stressing that it was and against the NUJ constitution.

Justice Peters also granted seven out of the eight reliefs sought by the claimants, while awarding a cost of N200,000 against the defendants.

The court ruled that the meeting held by the NUJ National Working Committee, where the purported annulment of the claimants’ election was done was illegal, null and void.

“This court found merit in seven out of the eight prayers of the claimants, and I hereby rule that the annulment of their election is null and void,” the judge declared.

While alluding to the fact that the National Working Committee of the union has the constitutional power to act on complaints arising from an election within 21 days, it said that “the Central Working Committee did not take the steps required until after 37 clear days from the date of the election complained of.”

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