Goal to reinstate Trump on Facebook and Instagram

Former President Donald Trump’s two-year suspension from Meta’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be lifted “in the coming weeks,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said in a post Wednesday.

Describing the decision to suspend Trump from the platforms as the result of “extreme and highly unusual circumstances,” Clegg reminded users that the then-president’s accounts were suspended indefinitely “following his praise of the people involved in the violence on Capitol Hill.” ” in January 6, 2021.

It noted that Meta’s independent oversight board had upheld the decision, but criticized the open-ended nature of the suspension and “the lack of clear criteria for when and if suspended accounts will be reinstated.” The board ordered Meta to submit “a more proportionate response.”

Earlier this month, the Trump campaign asked Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to reinstate the former president on the social media platform.

Clegg suggested that the origins of social media are rooted in open and democratic debate, and Meta platforms should not obstruct that, “especially in the context of elections.” But he warned that there will still be limits.

“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying, the good, the bad and the ugly, so they can make informed decisions at the polls,” Clegg said. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits to what people can say on our platform. When there is a clear risk of harm in the real world, a deliberately high bar for Meta to intervene in public discourse, we act.”

Trump posted Wednesday afternoon on his Truth Social social media platform claiming that Meta had lost “billions of dollars in value since I ‘removed’ your favorite president, me” and “such a thing should never happen to a president.” acting, or any other person who is not deserving of retribution!”

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