Social networking giant Meta announced on Tuesday that it will soon restore former US President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram with “new railings”, two years after the ban was imposed over the 2021 attack on the Capitol.
“We will be restoring Mr Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said in a statement.
Clegg said that in the future, the Republican leader could be suspended for up to two years for each violation of platform policies.
It was not clear when or whether Trump, who has already announced a third White House bid, would return to the platforms, and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But the 76-year-old tycoon reacted typically swiftly, saying Facebook had lost “billions of dollars” in value in his absence.
“Such a thing should never happen again to a sitting president, or anyone else who doesn’t deserve retribution!” He said on his Truth social platform.
Facebook banned Trump a day after the January 6, 2021 riot, when a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington to try to block the certification of his election defeat to Joe Biden.
The former reality TV star falsely claimed for weeks that the presidential election was stolen from her and was later impeached for inciting a riot.
Trump’s lawyer, Scott Gast, said last week in a letter seeking to lift the ban that Meta had “dramatically distorted and stifled public discourse.”
He asked for a meeting to discuss Trump’s “early reinstatement to the platform” where he had 34 million followers, arguing that his status as a leading contender for the Republican nomination in 2024 justified ending the ban. Appointed.
A US Congressional committee recommended in December that Trump be prosecuted for his role in the Capitol attack.
His Twitter account, which has 88 million followers, was also blocked after the riots, leaving him to communicate through Truth Social, where he has fewer than five million followers.
Trump’s surprise victory in 2016 was attributed to his social media advantage and his vast digital reach.
New Twitter owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s account last November, after the tycoon announced his decision to run for another term in the White House. Have to post it now.
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