Donald Trump to be reinstated on Facebook and Instagram, with ‘New railings to deter repeat crimes’

Meta said it will reinstate Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “in the coming weeks,” with “new safeguards to deter recidivism.”

“The public should be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make informed decisions,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said in a blog post announcing the decision.

On January 7, 2021, the social media giant indefinitely froze Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the risk of continued violence if the then-president was allowed to remain on the services. Trump had praised the protesters who engaged in violence at the US Capitol on January 6 in posts on Facebook and Instagram. The company later said it would suspend Trump until at least January 2023 and reinstate his accounts “if conditions permit.”

“Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is bound by our Community Standards,” Clegg wrote in Tuesday’s post. “In light of his violations, he now also faces increased penalties for recidivism, penalties that will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from civil unrest-related suspensions under our updated protocol. Should Mr. Trump post further violative content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for anywhere from one month to two years, depending on the severity of the violation.”

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