Donald Trump To Return To Facebook, Instagram, Meta Says


Meta will reinstate the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former president Donald Trump “in the coming weeks,” the company announced on Wednesday. The move comes two years after the social networks banned Trump for praising rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“The public should be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, wrote in the company’s announcement.

Trump announced in November 2022 that he will run for president again. His campaign had formally petitioned Meta to reinstate him on the platform, NBC News reported earlier this month.

Trump’s accounts will have “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses,” Clegg said. If the former president posts anything that violates Meta’s speech policies, his posts will be removed, and he will be suspended once again for anywhere between a month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation. Meta may also limit the reach of his posts and prevent them from being shared or promoted.


In May 2021, the Facebook Oversight Board, a group of outside academics and other experts assembled by Meta to make high level policy decisions, upheld Facebook’s decision to suspend the former President. However, they strongly criticized Facebook’s handling of it, noting that a vague and undefined suspension. The Oversight Board gave Facebook six months to reevaluate.

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