Meta says it will restore Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts

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Facebook parent Meta said on Wednesday it would restore former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, just over two years after suspending him following the attack. of January 6 at the Capitol.

“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has backed off enough,” Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be restoring Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we do so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offences.

With his Facebook and Instagram accounts reactivated, Trump will once again have access to huge and powerful communications and fundraising platforms as he fast-tracks his third bid for the White House.

The decision, which follows a similar move by Twitter, could also further alter the landscape of how a long list of small online platforms handle Trump’s accounts.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would take the opportunity to return to Meta platforms. Twitter restored Trump’s account in November after it was taken over by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has yet to resume tweeting, opting instead to stay on his own social media platform, Truth Social.

But Trump’s campaign earlier this month sent a letter to Meta asking the company to unblock his Facebook account, a source familiar with the letter told CNN, making his return more likely.

Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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