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Meet the people deciding Trump's fate on Facebook


A group of 19 lawyers, scholars, activists and journalists from around the world will announce on Wednesday whether former President Donald Trump's Facebook account is to be reinstated or kept off the platform for good, a ruling with massive implications for U.S. politics.

The so-called Facebook oversight board has been deliberating Trump's case since January, when he was booted off after the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol over fears he might incite more violence. Their decision could give the former president back one of his most powerful megaphones or muzzle him permanently on yet another major social media platform.

While the board members have spoken sparingly about how they are weighing Trump's suspension, many have a long track record of weighing in on contentious issues around free speech on social media, and their backgrounds could offer a glimpse into how they each approached Trump's blockbuster case.