By Sarah E. Needleman 

Facebook Inc. has referred its decision to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump from its platforms to an independent oversight board, as the company grapples with how to treat one of its highest profile users after his exit from public office.

Earlier this month, Facebook moved to disable Mr. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts for at least a two-week period in the aftermath of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the risks of the former president's use of the platform through the inauguration of President Joe Biden were too great.

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January 21, 2021 13:06 ET (18:06 GMT)

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