Meta allows Trump back on Facebook and Instagram
January 25, 2023 at 23:40
Get ready to see Trump posts shared on your Facebook feed again.
Meta announced (Opens in a new window) on Wednesday that it would be reinstating Donald Trump's accounts on both Facebook and Instagram.
The move ends the company's over two-year long suspension of Trump.
"As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks," it continued.
Following the suspension, Meta referred the case to its Oversight Board, which upheld the suspension but criticized the company for not making it clear if it was a permanent suspension or a temporary one.
With Meta's announcement reinstating Trump, the company shared that it was adding "new guardrails" in order to "deter repeat offenses" in the future.
According to Clegg, if Trump or any other reinstated account violates Meta's policies on Facebook or Instagram, there will be harsher penalties for these repeat offenses.
The decision from Meta to restore Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts is not a surprise.
Critics of Meta's decision were quick to point out how Trump has increasingly(Opens in a new window) promoted far-right content on Truth Social since being suspended from Facebook.
Trump has repeatedly used Truth Social to fuel violence, spread election lies, and promote domestic terrorist organizations like QAnon."
Trump currently has 34 million followers on Facebook.
Furthermore, the former president's Facebook page may now also utilize Facebook ad campaigns, which were an integral part of his previous presidential campaigns.