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Meta to Restore Trump's Facebook and Instagram Accounts

Meta Platforms Inc. announced that it would restore former U.S. President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, following a two-year suspension after the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The social media company said it had put new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.

"If Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed, and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation," wrote Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs.

Reinstating Suspended Accounts

Meta's blog post suggested it may reactivate other suspended accounts, including those penalized for their involvement in civil unrest. The company said those reinstated accounts would be subject to more stringent review and penalties for violations.

Trump's Response to Reinstatement

In a post on Truth Social, Trump responded to his reinstatement on Meta apps and said, "Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!" He should have indicated if or when he would begin posting on Meta platforms again.