On Wednesday afternoon, after learning of his two-year ban being reversed by Facebook and parent company Meta, former President Trump took to social media to express his thoughts on being barred in the first place.
In the post, he commented that such a thing should never happen again, especially not to a sitting president. He also thanked Truth – which he says has seen great success recently.
On Wednesday, Meta – the company that owns and operates both Facebook and Instagram – declared via a blog post that former President Trump’s suspension on both platforms would be ending in the coming weeks. This marks a major shift in policy, reinstating his previously held access to these social media platforms after two years of being restricted from using them.
Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta, declared that Mr. Trump is no longer a “serious risk to public safety” and they have set up “guardrails” prior to his return.
Clegg explained that the company has evaluated the current environment according to their Crisis Policy Protocol, which assessed the 2022 US midterm elections and security assessments from experts. They found that the risk has sufficiently receded, prompting them to follow through with their previously declared two-year timeline for reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. In addition, new guardrails are in place to discourage any future repeat offenses.
Addressing Trump’s prior violations, Clegg stated that increased penalties will be applied to individuals with reinstated accounts related to civil unrest under the updated protocol. If these parties commit a repeat offense, they could face a ban between one month and two years, depending on the severity of their transgression.
Clegg acknowledged that Trump’s return to the platform is sure to generate significant opposition from his detractors.
In an exclusive interview, Trump told Fox News Digital that Facebook had lost “$700 billion” since his de-platforming. He stated that it was viewed as a “major business mistake” for companies such as Facebook and Twitter.