The board said the review should “be an open reflection on the design and policy choices that Facebook has made that may allow its platform to be abused.”
The company has attempted to distance itself from the idea that its platform played a role in the insurrection, so the recommendation that it reckon with its culpability in election misinformation and violence may not be one it welcomes.
While Facebook does have more rules and more content moderators than other platforms, election conspiracy theories still flourished on its platforms.
The board’s recommendation that the company’s role in the insurrection be investigated is not binding and Facebook can choose to ignore it.
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN Business Thursday that the company was considering all recommendations made by the board. He did not comment specifically on this recommendation.
Previously, when Facebook sought to examine the potentially harmful role it plays on civil rights around the world, it appointed an outside attorney to conduct an audit.
The audit prompted Facebook to hire experts in civil rights.
The recommendation was made by Facebook’s oversight board, which was set up to independently examine contested moderation decisions, that also instructed the company Wednesday that it must decide within six months whether Trump should be allowed to return to the platform. The board took issue with the indefinite suspension of Trump’s accounts and said the company must instead impose a penalty consistent with its own policies, such as a permanent ban or “time-bound period of suspension.”
Beyond its ruling on Trump’s account, the board offered multiple recommendations to the company, including more transparency around content moderation decisions, the development of protocols to quickly escalate political content for moderation, and the review.