Meta said it would reinstate Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “within the coming weeks” – with “new guidelines to prevent repeat offences”.
“People should be able to hear what politicians have to say so they can make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said in a blog post announcing the decision.
On January 7, 2021, the social media giant shut down Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the risk of ongoing violence if the then-president was allowed to remain on the services. Trump praised the rioters involved in the Jan. 6 violence at the US Capitol in posts on Facebook and Instagram. The company later said it would suspend Trump until at least January 2023 and reinstate his accounts “if conditions permit.”
“Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is subject to our community standards,” Clegg wrote in a Tuesday post. “In light of his violation, he now faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties that would apply to other public figures whose accounts have been reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol. If Mr. Trump posts further infringing content, that content will be removed. will be given and he will be suspended for one month to two years depending on the severity of the violation.”