Meta, the parent company behind Facebook and Instagram, announced on Wednesday that they would restore former President Donald Trump’s accounts “in the coming weeks,” overturning a two-year ban enacted in the wake of the U.S. bombing. on January 6. Capitol.
“We have always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to run the country,” Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, told UKTN. “We don’t want to get in the way of that.”
The switch could affect the 2024 election as Trump regains access to ads for his tens of millions of followers on the platforms. In a response, the 2024 presidential candidate indicated that he was not satisfied with the effort.
In response to the news, Trump appeared to blame the sharp fall in the company’s share price on his ban and praised his own social media service, Truth Social, which he founded after losing the 2020 election.
“FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favorite president, me, just announced they are restoring my account,” Trump wrote.
“Something like this should never happen again to a sitting president, or anyone else who doesn’t deserve retaliation! THANK YOU TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE WORK. YOUR GROWTH IS EXCELLENT AND THE FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!” he added.
Meta will allow Trump to rejoin the platform under new terms set by the Oversight Board, including restrictions on his on-site advertising capabilities if he goes too far.
“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. Clegg said.
The platform also plans to subject Trump to higher penalties if he again violates the company’s terms of service.
“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,” Meta wrote in a press release.
But critics argue that the modified policies are not enough – and that the right-wing politician has repeatedly shown that he is just as likely to spread disinformation, incite violence and undermine democracy through his online statements.
According to liberal media watchdog Media Matters, Facebook’s top 10 best-performing posts in the day leading up to the Jan. 6 attempted riot were all comments by Trump spreading “explicit election misinformation.”
“I want to be very clear: There is absolutely no justification for letting Donald Trump back on Facebook,” said Nicole Gill, co-founder of the tech-focused advocacy group. Responsible technology. “Two years ago, Meta said it would reinstate Trump only if his presence on the platform was no longer threatened with violence. Today’s decision reveals that promise for what it was: another empty publicity stunt from a company more concerned with making money than with democracy, security or even internal consistency.
“Today, Meta has chosen to put its own profit above American democracy and the real safety of its users,” Gill added.
Meta is the latest major tech holdout to bar the former president from accessing his platform.
In November, Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter, but the Florida retiree has yet to post, opting instead to share his thoughts on Truth Social.