Meta announced, on Wednesday, that it will restore the accounts of former US President Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, two years after they were suspended in the wake of the attack on the Capitol building in January 2020.
“The threat to public safety has sufficiently receded,” META’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, was quoted by CNN.
He added in a statement that Trump’s accounts would be reinstated, but that “new safeguards would be put in place to deter repeat offences.”
For his part, Trump replied that “no president should be banned again from posting on social media.”
“Facebook, which has lost billions of dollars in value since banning your favorite president, who is me, just announced that it will reactivate my account,” he said through his account in “Truth Social”.
He added, “Something like this should not happen again to a president during his term, or any other person who does not deserve punishment.”
Meta official, Clegg, confirmed that “Trump’s accounts may be suspended for two years, in the event that they violate the policies” of Facebook and Instagram “in the future.”--
The “CNN” report indicates that Trump’s return to Facebook and Instagram networks will allow him “access to huge and powerful communication platforms to raise funds,” especially in light of his approach to the presidential race of the United States in 2024.-
The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, reactivated Trump’s account on the platform last November, days after the former president announced his decision to run for another presidential term, but he has not posted any tweets yet.
Last week, Trump urged Facebook to reactivate his account on the social network.
Trump’s attorney, Scott Gast, said in a letter to Meta, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, that the ban had “dramatically distorted and stifled public discourse”.
Gast requested a meeting to discuss Trump’s “immediate reinstatement” of his 34 million followers, on the grounds that his status as a major contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination justifies ending the ban.
Last December, a US Congressional committee recommended that Trump be prosecuted for his role in the Capitol attack.