Meta will restore Trump’s Facebook, Instagram accounts

Meta will restore Trump’s Facebook, Instagram accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Meta on Wednesday announced the company will restore the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former United States (US) President Donald Trump in the coming weeks, ending a two-year suspension, Xinhua reported.

“If Mr. Trump continues to post content that violates the terms, that content will be removed and the account suspended for anywhere from one month to two years, depending on the level of the violation,” Meta’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said in a blog post.

Meta released updated rules this month that apply to public figures.

Facebook suspended Trump’s account on Jan 7, 2021, after he continued to post content about the November 2020 election after protesters stormed the US administration center.

“Today’s Meta decision is an important moment in the debate over how best to handle harmful content posted by politicians on social media,” the Meta Monitoring Board said in a blog post.

“Independent monitoring of decisions related to speech on social media platforms prompted the establishment of a Board of Directors to ensure that companies act transparently and responsibly,” he said.

The ban on Trump’s Twitter account was also lifted recently after Elon Musk took over the company.

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