Facebook Ready to Reinstate Trump’s Account
Facebook is on the verge of reversing its ban on former President Donald Trump. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, plans to reinstate Trump’s account in the coming weeks, according to Meta’s president of global affairs.
“We’ve always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Nick Clegg told the press. “We don’t want to stand in the way of that.”
Meta gave Trump a two-year ban on his account after he made posts after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The company believed that the posts showed “praise for people engaged in violence.” The ban was set to lift on Jan. 7 of this year, but the company took time afterward to further deliberate.
Trump’s team sent a message to Facebook on January 18 asking for the former president to be unbanned.
The letter stated that Trump’s ban “has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” and that a continued ban would be “a deliberate effort by a private company to silence Mr. Trump’s political voice,” because he is running in the 2024 presidential election.
The former president will be subject to the policies Facebook has in place once his account is activated again.
“We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election,” Clegg told the press.
Trump responded to his ban by saying that it “should never again happen to a sitting President.”
Facebook has lost billions of dollars in value since it made this move against the president.
Even if Trump is reinstated, he is under contract with Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the company that owns Truth Social. According to the TMTG legal document, Trump is “generally obligated to make any social media post on TruthSocial” first, before posting “on another social media site for 6 hours.”