Meta will reportedly end former President Donald Trump’s suspension from Instagram and Facebook, allowing him to return to the platforms with “new guard rails” to prevent repeat offenders.
Trump had been banned from numerous social media platforms after some of his supporters rioted in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
On Wednesday, Axios reports that Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, told them that Trump’s accounts would be restored in the coming weeks.
“We’ve always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to run the country,” Clegg said in a statement to Axios. “We don’t want to stand in the way of that.”
Trump has 34 million followers on Facebook and 23 million followers on Instagram. Twitter has since announced that Trump could return to his account, but he has so far stuck to Truth Social, a platform created to challenge the big tech companies.
Clegg wrote in a post on the company’s website that there would be new restrictions, including “increased penalties for repeat offenders — penalties applicable to other public figures whose accounts are restored following civil unrest-related suspensions under our updated protocol.” will”.
He went on to say Trump could be suspended again.
“If Mr. Trump continues to post infringing content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg added.
Among those who criticized Meta’s decision was Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
“Trump has started a riot. And tries to stop the peaceful transfer of power. He has shown no remorse. No regrets,” Schiff tweeted.
“Giving him back access to a social media platform to spread his lies and demagogy is dangerous. @facebook caved in and gave him a platform to do more harm,” he added.
Clegg claimed the decision to let Trump back on the platforms was not a business decision.
“In general, it’s not good for business to get drawn into controversy and get involved,” he explained. “I’m the ultimate decision-maker for these types of issues in the company.”
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