After Twitter, Donald Trump will be able to regain access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Meta, the company that runs these social networks, actually said in a press release that it was going to “terminal suspension” in the coming weeks, two years after the expulsion of the former American president due to the storming of the Capitol.
New sanctions to prevent relapse
“The public should be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make an informed choice”– justified in a press release Nick Clegg, head of international relations at Meta. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits on what people can say on our platform. Public debate – we act,” he assured.
After excluding the president, still in power, on January 7, 2021, for cheering his supporters during the attack on Congress in Washington the previous day, Facebook announced that the sanctions would be in place for two years. The billionaire could also return only when “threats to public safety” would “gone”the moment that, according to Meta, seems to have arrived.
The company also indicated that a new fine grid was introduced in 2021 to prevent further violations. “If Mr. Trump re-posts any infringing material, he will be removed and he will be suspended from work for a period of one month to two years, depending on the severity of the infringement.”detailed by Nick Clegg.
Donald Trump’s reinstatement on these social media came shortly after the Republican presidential candidate’s official request in 2024. His lawyer sent a letter to Meta founder and president Mark Zuckerberg, urging him not to “silencing a presidential candidate”. Because if Donald Trump continued to communicate after his ouster through his own platform, Truth Social, the reach would remain smaller compared to what he had before.
After announcing his impending return to both platforms, Donald Trump reacted: “This should never happen again to a sitting president or anyone else who doesn’t deserve to be punished!”commented the Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential election on his Pravda social network.