Meta announces the reactivation of Trump’s account on Facebook and Instagram

Meta announces the reactivation of Trump’s account on Facebook and Instagram
Meta announces the reactivation of Trump’s account on Facebook and Instagram
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Posted in: 01/26/2023 – 02:45Last updated: 01/26/2023 – 02:48

The social media giant, Meta, decided on Tuesday to reactivate the account of former US President Donald Trump on Instagram and Facebook, after it was banned following the 2021 attack by his supporters on the US Congressional Building in Washington. On his platform, TruthSocial, Trump commented on Meta’s decision to lift the ban imposed on him, saying that no president should again be banned from posting on social media.

Two years after he was banned in the wake of the 2021 assault on the Capitol by his supporters, social media giant Meta announced Tuesday that it will soon reactivate the accounts of the former US president. Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram.

“We will be reactivating Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks,” said Nick Clegg, META’s head of international affairs, in a statement, adding that the reinstatement of the accounts comes with “new protections to prevent repeat offences.”

It was not clear if or when Trump, who has announced his bid for the presidency for the third time, would like to return to the platforms, and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But the 76-year-old billionaire claimed with great bravado that his absence had led to Facebook losing “billions of dollars” in value.

Commenting on the “Meta” decision, Trump warned on his “Truth Social” website that “something like this should not happen again to a president during his term, or to any other person who does not deserve punishment.”

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And Facebook blocked Trump a day after the January 6, 2021 insurrection, when a group of his supporters tried to prevent Joe Biden’s inauguration as president by storming the Capitol building in Washington.

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The former reality TV star and real estate mogul spent weeks promoting allegations that the presidential election was stolen from him, and later went on trial for inciting riots.

Scott Gast, Trump’s lawyer, had sent a letter to Meta requesting a meeting to discuss Trump’s “immediate reinstatement of the platform” of his 34 million followers, given that his status as a major contender for the Republican presidential nomination justifies ending the ban.

“We also believe the ongoing ban is a deliberate effort by a private company to silence Trump’s political voice,” Gast wrote.

Some of the credit for Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 presidential election goes to his massive influence on social media.

The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, also reactivated Trump’s account on the platform last November, days after the former president announced his decision to run for the presidency, but he has not posted any tweets yet.

FRANCE 24/Reuters/AFP

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