Meta announced it would allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram two years after his initial suspension. Meta announced it would restore Trump’s accounts sometime in the next few weeks. If Trump again violates Meta’s content policies, the company will suspend his account. His account could be banned for anywhere from one month to two years, “depending on the seriousness of the offence”.
Meta lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram
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“As a general rule, we don’t want to get in the way of open, public, and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms — especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States,” Clegg said in a blog post. “The public needs to be able to hear what their politicians are saying – the good, the bad and the ugly – so they can make informed choices at the polls.”
In addition, Meta has updated its policy for content that does not explicitly violate the rules, but may encourage violent or harmful behavior, similar to the attack on the Capitol on January 6. If this content is identified in the future, Meta said it will restrict its distribution, such as limiting a user’s ability to share a post. The Company may also restrict an account’s access to advertising tools.
Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram after the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6 two years ago. At the time, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Trump had been suspended for inciting violence and praising the rioters’ actions. Meta was one of the first platforms the former president banned. Later, other social media platforms also deleted his accounts.
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