Meta to reinstate Trump on Facebook and Instagram
Former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be restored “in the coming weeks,” the social media platforms’ parent company Meta said Wednesday.
Trump’s accounts have been suspended since January 2021, when Meta initially banned him indefinitely after his posts were found on Jan. 6, 2021 amid the US Capitol attack that fueled violence and posed a risk to public safety.
The announcement comes as Trump launches his third presidential campaign. But Meta said Trump will return to the platform “with new guard rails to deter repeat offenders.”
“Given his violations, he now also faces increased penalties for repeat violations,” said Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, in a blog post. “In the event that Mr. Trump posts further infringing content, the content will be removed and he will be banned for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation.”
FILE: Former President Donald Trump answers reporters’ questions during an election night party in Mar-a-Lago November 8, 2022. Phelan M. Ebenhack/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Meta suspended then-President Trump’s accounts indefinitely after he posted January 6, 2021 praise for insurgents involved in violence in the US Capitol. The company then referred the decision to its newly formed oversight board, which upheld the decision but criticized the openness of the suspension.
In response, Meta said it would suspend Trump for two years from the original suspension and assess if he still poses a risk to public safety.
Trump has called Meta’s decision to suspend him from the platform an “insult” to his supporters and claimed the social media site was “censoring and silencing” him.
Last week, Trump’s campaign sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Clegg and Meta, asking the company’s top executives to meet to discuss Trump’s “immediate reinstatement on the platform.”
In the letter, seen by CBS News, Trump’s attorneys allege that an ongoing ban on Trump could be viewed by the platform as a deliberate effort by the company to “Mr. to silence Trump’s political voice.”
In response to Wednesday’s announcement, Trump said, “This should never happen to a sitting president or anyone else who doesn’t deserve retribution!” Trump has been using his own social media platform, Truth Social, for two years.
Around the same time that Trump was banned from Facebook, he was also banned from Twitter. But billionaire Elon Musk, who took over that platform in 2022, conducted a Twitter poll asking whether Trump should be reinstated, then reinstated his account in November 2022 according to the poll’s results.
At the time, Trump didn’t seem to indicate that he would return to Twitter, where he once posted multiple times a day. “I see no reason for it, they’ve got a lot of problems on Twitter, you see what’s going on. It can make it, it can’t make it,” he said shortly after Musk recovered his account. His last tweets on the platform are from January 2021.
The former president holds a rally in South Carolina on Saturday.
Fin Gomez contributed to this.