Will President Trump’s Facebook account be reinstated? Meta weighs decision

by Summer Lane

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The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, is set to announce whether they will allow President Donald Trump to return to both platforms after instating a ban on the president in 2021, Fox News reported.

Following the media-labeled “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook infamously moved to ban Trump’s accounts from their sites.

In 2022, Twitter notably reversed that ban with new owner Elon Musk at the helm, per RSBN.

“Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America,” Musk commented on Twitter after Trump’s account was reinstated.

Meta, however, has since dragged its feet on making a decision regarding President Trump’s presence on their platforms.

Per Fox News, Nick Clegg, the president of global affairs at Meta, has reportedly put together a team that will discuss Trump’s potential reinstatement.

In 2021, CBS reported that Facebook had decided to ban Trump from their site for at least two years, citing reevaluation of his possible reinstatement based on supposed “further violations” of their platform rules.

Trump’s suspension will hit the two-year mark on Jan. 7, 2023.

If Trump’s accounts are reinstated on Facebook and Instagram, it is unclear if he will use them. Since his suspension from Twitter and Meta’s platforms in 2021, Trump has launched his own social media company, Truth Social.

His site kicked off in February 2022 and has become a hotspot for proponents of free speech. Trump personally posts content on Truth Social and has previously stated that he will remain on his own platform, despite Musk’s purchase of Twitter.

As he gears up for a heated 2024 presidential primary race, many MAGA voters are curious to see if the 45th president will utilize his newly-reinstated Twitter account in his campaign.

According to Fox News, Facebook decided to uphold its two-year ban on the president in June 2021.

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