Donald Trump to Be Reinstated on Facebook and Instagram, With ‘New Guardrails to Deter Repeat Offenses’

Meta said it will reinstate Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “in the coming weeks” — with “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”

“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, said in a blog post announcing the decision.

On Jan. 7, 2021, the social media giant indefinitely froze Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the risk of ongoing violence if the then-president were allowed to remain on the services. Trump had praised rioters who engaged in violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt,” Trump said in the video clip he shared that day. “We had an election that was stolen from us.”

Meta (which was known as Facebook at the time) in June 2021 said it would suspend Trump until at least January 2023 and would reinstate his accounts “if conditions permit.”

“Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is subject to our Community Standards,” Clegg wrote on the post Tuesday. “In light of his violations, he now also faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties which will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol. In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation.”

In the wake of the Jan. 6 attack, Trump had been kicked off numerous internet platforms. Last November, mega-billionaire Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s account on Twitter shortly after Musk closed the acquisition of the social network. To date, the ex-president has not resumed posting from the account on Twitter.  

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