Donald Trump’s Facebook ban lifted after 2 years

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On January 7, 2021, Facebook announced that former President Donald Trump’s account would be suspended indefinitely following the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. Today, Meta the parent company announced his Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in the coming weeks.”

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, wrote in the blog post there are “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses. In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation.”

Trump, who has his own social media platform, Truth Social, posted his response to the reinstatement on Meta apps: “FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favourite president, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting president, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!”

“THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS OUTSTANDING, AND FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!”

Donald Trump

The former president’s Twitter ban has already been lifted in November 2022, after Elon Musk conducted a poll, but he has not yet posted. While it remains unclear if Trump is going to use any other social media platform than his own, his campaign spokesman told Fox News that being back on Facebook “will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters.” Trump announced his candidacy in November declaring: “America’s comeback starts right now.”

Source: reuters.com