Meta will allow Donald Trump to return to Facebook and Instagram

Previously, Donald Trump was re-admitted to Twitter on November 19, 2022, four days after he announced his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election (Photo: Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media giant Meta announced on Wednesday that it will “unsuspend” Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, two years after the former US president was banned after the Capitol was stormed.

“The public needs to be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, head of international relations at Meta, said in a statement.

“But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits on what people can say on our platform. When there is a risk of harm in the real world – a high risk that justifies the Meta’s intervention in public debate – we act,” he said.

The former American head of state was banned from social media on January 7, 2021, while he was still in office, for cheering his supporters during an attack on Congress in Washington the day before, an unprecedented decision. most major social networks, including Twitter.

In June 2021, Facebook decided that the exclusion would last two years and that the Republican billionaire could only return when the “public safety risks” “disappeared.”

Suspensions “should never again happen to a sitting president or anyone who doesn’t deserve sanctions!” Donald Trump responded from his Truth Social account, which he launched last year.

Last week, the former president formally asked for permission to return to Facebook.

His lawyer sent a letter to Meta founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg urging him not to “silence the presidential candidate.”

The politician had already been re-admitted to Twitter on November 19, 2022, four days after his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election.

However, he has yet to post on that account, communicating primarily through his own Truth Social platform.

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