Facebook’s parent company Meta is trying to revive Donald Trump’s personal account, which has been suspended for two years following the Jan. 6 riots.
In a blog post Wednesday, the company said it would add “new guardrails” to keep out “habitual offenders” breaking the rules.
Nick Clegg, Meta’s vice president of international affairs, said, “The public has to be able to hear what politicians are saying, the good, the bad and the ugly.
He said Meta would intervene if there was a “clear risk” of harming the real world.
“If Trump posts any more violating content, that content will be removed and he will be suspended for one month to two years, depending on the severity of the offense,” he wrote.
Facebook suspended Trump for praising those involved in violent acts at the Capitol on January 7, 2021. But the company has resisted previous calls, including from its own employees, asking it to delete Trump’s account.
Trump blows up Facebook from his own site
Not only is Facebook the world’s largest social media site, it was a significant source of funding income for Trump’s campaign, which spent millions on its ads in 2016 and 2020.
The move, which comes at a time when Trump is stepping up his third run for the White House, will not only allow Trump to communicate directly with his 34 million followers, but will also allow him to launch his own site, Truth Social. Significantly more than the 4.8 million people who follow him on But it also allows him to resume direct funding.
During the suspension, his supporters were able to raise money for him, but were not able to place ads directly from him or in his voice.
In a post on his social media network, Trump praised his site, Truth Social, and criticized Facebook’s decision to suspend his account.
“FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in value since ‘de-platforming’ me, your favorite president, has announced that it will revive my account. It should never happen again to the President or anyone else who doesn’t deserve it… of Retaliation! ’ he wrote.
He was suspended on January 7, the day after the deadly 2021 uprising. Other social his media companies also kicked him off the platform, but he recently returned to Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company. He hasn’t tweeted since returning.
Civil rights groups and others were quick to condemn Meta’s move.
Heidi Beirich, founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism and a member of a group called Real Facebook, said, “Bringing Trump back to Facebook will help many online viewers. It sends a signal to anyone else who has a problem that they may break the rules without lasting consequences,” said the oversight board, which criticized the platform’s efforts.
“I’m not surprised, but it’s a disaster,” Beylich said. here we come
Clegg said Trump now faces increased penalties for repeat offenses, given his previous offenses. Such penalties “apply to other public persons whose accounts have been reinstated from civil unrest-related suspensions under our updated protocol.”
If Trump, or anyone else, posts material that doesn’t violate Facebook’s rules but is harmful and could lead to events such as the Jan. 6 riots, Meta will remove it. This includes glorifying QAnon conspiracy theories or attempting to deny the legitimacy of the upcoming election.
Mehta said Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be restored in the coming weeks.
Banned from mainstream social media, Trump has relied on his much smaller site, Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.