After Two Years Donald Trump Facebook And Instagram Suspensions Will End
Meta said that Donald Trump Facebook and Instagram suspensions will end, which means he will be able to use them again. The social media giant said that the ban will end "in the coming weeks."
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Meta, a social media company, said on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump Facebook and Instagram suspensionswill end. This comes a little more than two years after he was banned from both sites for making offensive posts about the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
He was taken off the job on January 7, a day after the deadly 2021 uprising. He was also banned from other social media sites, but after Elon Musktook over Twitter, he was recently allowed back in. He hasn't sent a tweet.
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Meta, the company that runs Facebook, is bringing back former President Donald Trump's personal account after it was shut down for two years after the uprising on January 6.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the company said it is putting up "new guardrails" to make sure that there are no "repeat offenders" who break its rules. Meta's vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, wrote:
In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating 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.- Nick Clegg
The suspension was an extraordinary decision taken in extraordinary circumstances. The normal state of affairs is that the public should be able to hear from a former President of the United States, and a declared candidate for that office again, on our platforms.- Nick Clegg
But there are warnings that come with the return.
But that does not mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform. When there is a clear risk of real world harm, a deliberately high bar for Meta to intervene in public discourse, we act.- Nick Clegg
In a post on his own social media site, Trump criticized Facebook for taking away his account while praising his own site, Truth Social. Twitter also banned the former president after the riot in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. It said that he had broken its rules about praising violence.
But in November, Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, said that Mr. Trump's account had been unblocked after a poll showed that users were mostly in favor of the change. People who cared about civil rights and others were quick to criticize Meta's move.
Heidi Beirich, the founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism and member of a group called the Real Facebook Oversight Board that has criticized the platform's efforts, said that letting Trump back on Facebook sends a message to other people with large online audiences that they can break the rules without lasting consequences. Beirich said of Meta's choice:
I am not surprised but it is a disaster. Facebook created loopholes for Trump that he went right through. He incited an insurrection on Facebook. And now he’s back.- Heidi Beirich
Clegg said that because Trump has broken the law before, he now faces harsher punishments if he does it again. Such punishments “will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol.”
Meta says it won't take down posts by Trump or anyone else that don't break Facebook's rules but are harmful and could lead to things like the Jan. 6 uprising.
Instead, it will limit how many people see them. This includes praising the QAnon conspiracy theory or trying to make an upcoming election look like it is not real.
Meta said that Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts will be back up and running in the next few weeks. Trump has been using Truth Social since he was blocked from Twitter and other popular social media sites.
Facebook said in June 2021 that Trump couldn't use Facebook or Instagram until at least this month because he had "severely broken our rules" by taking part in the riot on January 6, 2021.
The accounts were shut down after Trump said nice things about the rioters and asked them to go home. He called them "very special" and "great patriots" in two messages. He wrote in one of the posts:
These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love in peace. Remember this day forever!- Donald Trump
Meta said it would end its two-year ban on Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram suspensions, which means he will be able to use them again. The social media giant said that the ban will end "in the coming weeks."
Meta's president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said in a statement that the public "should be able to hear what their politiciansare saying." After the Capitol riot in 2021, the US president was banned from Facebook and Instagram for life.