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MENLO PARK Calif. — Meta Platforms Wednesday It will bring back former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Facebook Instagram Following a two-year suspension, accounts will be available in the weeks ahead. Death Capitol Hill Riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
The The possibility of his accounts being restored could help to boost his chances. TrumpThe announcement was made by, November He will Make another attempt at the White House In 2024. He On Twitter, 34 Million Followers Facebook 23 Million on InstagramPlatforms that can be used to raise funds and reach out to political causes.
His Twitter Account was restored in November By a new owner Elon MuskIt is possible, however Trump Yet to post there.
Free While speech advocates believe it is appropriate that the public has access to the messages of political candidates, critics question this. Meta They have also accused the company’s lax policies regarding moderating.
Meta In a blog post Wednesday It has “put new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”
“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,” Submitted Nick Clegg, Meta’s In the blog post, president of global affairs.
The Although the decision was widely expected, it drew harsh rebukes by civil rights advocates. “Facebook has policies but they underenforce them,” Laura MurphyA two-year-long, multi-disciplinary audit was conducted by a lawyer named. Facebook 2020 is the final year. “I worry about Facebook’s capacity to understand the real world harm that Trump poses: Facebook has been too slow to act.”
The Anti-Defamation LeagueThe NAACP Free Press Other groups expressed their concern as well Wednesday More Facebook’s Ability to stop any future attacks against the democratic process Trump He is still repeating his false claim of having won the 2020 presidential elections.
Others They believed it was the right choice.
Jameel JafferExecutive Director at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University The reinstatement was defended by a former ACLU official. He Previous endorsements of the company’s decision not to suspend were given. Trump’s account.
“The public has an interest in hearing directly from candidates for political office,” Jaffer. “It’s better if the major social media platforms err on the side of leaving speech up, even if the speech is offensive or false, so that it can be addressed by other users and other institutions.”
The Decision to ban Trump It was polarizing. MetaThe world’s largest social media company,, was founded in 2005. Trump A suspension of account for a sitting head state was never used to block its compliance with its content rules.
The company irrevocably rescinded Trump’s Access to his Facebook Instagram accounts after removing 2 of his posts during Capitol Hill Violence, including a video where he repeated his false claim that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
It The independent oversight board referred the case and ruled that the suspension was justifiable, but that its indeterminate nature was not. In response, Meta It stated that it would reexamine the suspension two years later than it was originally placed.
Meta’s blog post Wednesday It was suggested that it might reactivate suspended accounts, including accounts penalized for civil unrest. The The company stated that accounts restored will be subjected to more stringent scrutiny and severe penalties for violations.
WhetherHow and why? Trump We will take advantage of the chance to go back to Facebook Instagram It is not clear.
Trump Since regaining control of his account, he hasn’t sent any tweets. TwitterHe said he preferred to stay with his own app Truth Social. But The campaign spokesperson said Fox News Digital Last week that was back Facebook “will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters.”
In A post about Truth Social, Trump His reinstatement was accepted. Meta apps, saying: “Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” He Did not say when or if he would post on the site. Meta Again, platforms
Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat The previous chairperson of the House Intelligence CommitteeHe criticized the decision not to reinstate him.
“Trump incited an insurrection,” Schiff Write on Twitter. “Giving him back access to a social media platform to spread his lies and demagoguery is dangerous.”
Contributing: Greg Bensinger, David Shepardson, Kanishka Singh, Eva Mathews Yuvraj Malik