Meta Platforms Inc, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday announced that it will reinstate former President Donald Trump’s handles on the social media platforms in the coming weeks, following a two-year suspension.
Trump had been banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter after his supporters attacked the US Capitol building in Washington on January 6, 2021. The violence took place after Trump lost the US Presidential election and posted a series of statements on social media alleging that the polls were rigged.
The restoration of his accounts could provide a boost to Trump, who declared in November he will make another run for the White House in 2024. He has over 34 million followers on Facebook and 23 million on Instagram, platforms that are primary sources for political outreach and fundraising.
His Twitter account was reinstated in November by Elon Musk, though Trump has yet to post there.
Meta said in a blog post on Wednesday that it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure no “repeat offenders” violate its rules. “In the event that 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, in the blog post.
In a post on his own social media network, Trump shared Facebook’s decision to reinstate his account as he praised his site, Truth Social.
“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since “de-platforming” your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” he wrote.
Banned from mainstream social media platforms, Trump has been relying on Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.
Last month, the congressional committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol recommended prosecuting Trump under four criminal charges.