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Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s oversight board, BBC reports.

The former president was banned from both sites in January following the Capitol Hill riots.

The Oversight Board said the initial decision to permanently suspend Mr. Trump was “indeterminate and standardless”, and that the correct response should be “consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform”.

The ruling means that Mr. Trump’s suspension remains in place for now.

The Board said Facebook must respond within six months.

Facebook’s oversight board was due to announce its decision last month but delayed the ruling in order to review more than 9,000 public responses to cases, it said.

In the meantime, Mr. Trump, who is also banned from Twitter, launched a new website on Tuesday to update supporters with his thoughts.

Often referred to as “Facebook’s Supreme Court”, it was set up to rule on difficult or controversial moderation decisions made by Facebook.

It was established by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg but operates as an independent entity, although its wages and other costs are covered by Facebook. It is made up of journalists, human rights activists, lawyers, and academics.

The committee has already ruled on nine cases including a comment that seemed derogatory to Muslims. The post from a user in Myanmar, removed for breaking hate-speech rules, was found by the board not to be Islamophobic when taken in context.

Following the Capitol Hill riots on 6 January, Facebook announced it was banning Mr. Trump for breaking its “glorification of violence” rules.

The social network had originally imposed a 24-hour ban after the attack which was then extended “indefinitely”.

Mr. Zuckerberg announced that the risks of allowing Mr. Trump to post were “simply too great”.

The former president has also been banned from Twitter and YouTube.

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