It’s already been over two years since Meta extended former President Donald Trump’s “indefinite” suspension from Facebook. Now, the company has reinstated his account. In a statement, Meta said Trump would be able to access his Facebook and Instagram accounts in the “coming weeks,” but there would be “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”
Trump’s campaign had reportedly pushed for the former president to be allowed back on Facebook ahead of the upcoming presidential primaries. This decision from Meta comes just months after Elon Musk restored the former president’s Twitter account. Trump has so far declined to restart his Twitter habit – he’s been a Truth Social user since last year.
Another reason he’s back could be Meta’s handling of Trump’s initial suspension, which it quickly extended from a 24-hour ban to an “indefinite” suspension. It was heavily criticized, even by its own Oversight Board, which chastised Meta for not following its own rules and trying to “avoid its responsibilities.” Trump was initially booted from Facebook for publicly praising the rioters in the aftermath of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
– Mat Smith
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