Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has announced that Donald Trump’s accounts will be reinstated on the social media giant’s platforms, leaving question marks over the company’s decisions — and whether it will actually contribute to the Oval Office ambitions of the company. former president for 2024.
Two years ago, Facebook (which had not yet become Meta) and Twitter banned Mr Trump’s accounts on the social media platforms, deeming him in violation of their policies. The bans came in the wake of the riot at the Capitol, during which time Trump waited hours to recall his loyalists who attacked police officers and destroyed property at the federal building.
Now, both Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta and Twitter — now headed by conservative darling Elon Musk — have changed course just in time for the 2024 election cycle.
“I was right about Meta all along. Anyone who trusted them – you are all dupes,” Brooke Binkowski, the editor-in-chief of TruthorFiction.com, wrote on Twitter in response to the news.
However, she was skeptical about how much Trump’s return to Facebook and Instagram would ultimately help his campaign — and the tech company, which saw a $700 billion loss in value by 2022, according to UKTN News.
“It won’t save Meta and it won’t save Trump,” she wrote. “That momentum is gone. He’s just another pathetic old racist with bad hygiene and no money.”
David Roberts, a researcher on clean energy and politics, also expressed his skepticismbut he was focused on Meta’s willingness to enforce its rules if Mr. Trump breaks them.
“This is such a ridiculous joke. Everyone knows that whatever standards there are, however minimal, Trump will immediately break them,” he wrote in a tweet. nevertheless will not be banished again.”
Meta’s president of global affairs announced Mr Trump’s return in a Twitter thread, noting that the decision would be “hotly criticized”. He noted that the company did not want Mr. Trump to use the platform to undermine the 2024 election in his announcement.
“We just don’t want – if he returns to our services – him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, just as he tried to discredit the 2020 election.” He wrote.
The company said that if Trump broke the rules, he would be suspended from the platform.
“In the event that Mr. Trump posts any more infringing content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended from one month to two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” the company said in a statement.