Donald Trump: Meta will lift the ban on the accounts of the former US president on Facebook and Instagram soon

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Trump created a social platform called Truth Social after being banned from Facebook and Twitter

Meta intends to allow former US President Donald Trump to return to Facebook and Instagram for social networking soon, two years after the company that owns the two platforms banned his accounts.

And Meta, the US social media giant, announced that the suspension of Trump’s accounts would end “in the coming weeks.”

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said in an official statement that the public “should be able to hear what their politicians have to say.”

Trump’s accounts on the two platforms were suspended indefinitely while he was still president of the United States after riots by his supporters at the Capitol, the seat of Congress, in January 2021.

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Clegg emphasized that the company took these measures after “Trump praised the people involved in violence in the Capitol building.”

“The suspension was an exceptional decision taken in exceptional circumstances,” he added.

The Meta company official noted that the audit found that Trump’s accounts no longer posed a serious risk to public safety.

But because of Trump’s past “violations”, he will now face severe penalties if he repeats those crimes.

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Republicans have been pushing for Trump to be allowed back on Facebook, as he prepares to run for president again next year.

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Democrats fear Trump’s return to social media platforms for fear of incitement against them

Trump responded to the meta decision from his own social network, Truth Social, on Wednesday, saying that Facebook had “lost billions” after banning “your favorite president, me.”

“This should not happen again to a sitting president, or anyone else who does not deserve to be punished!” Trump added.

News of Trump’s return to his accounts was quickly criticized by Democrats and some activist organizations, who expressed concern that the former president might again use the platform to repeat false claims that he won the 2020 election.

California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff wrote on Twitter, “Trump incited an insurrection… allowing him access again to the social media platform to spread his lies and demagoguery is dangerous.”

Twitter banned the former president after the riot at the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, arguing that he had violated the site’s rules on promoting violence.

But in November, Twitter owner Elon Musk said he had unblocked Trump’s account, after conducting a poll in which users narrowly supported the move.

Trump has not yet returned to Twitter, having previously said: “I don’t see any reason for that.”

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