This Wednesday, Meta Platforms, Inc. announced that it will reinstate former President Donald Trump's accounts on both Facebook and Instagram after a two-year suspension.
According to the technology conglomerate's statement, the accounts will be reinstated in the coming weeks, because "the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded." However, Meta announced that the decision is accompanied by new " new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses."
In the statement, the company also said it considered it important for the public to be able to hear or read what its politicians say, whether good or bad. However, it also stated that there are established limits on their platforms.
"Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is subject to our Community Standards. In light of his violations, he now also faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses ... 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," the statement said.
Meta will reinstate former President Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts "in coming weeks" following a two-year suspension, so says Nick Clegg, president of global affairs. @Channel4News
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It was also reported that the protocol has been updated to address content that does not violate community standards but "contributes to the sort of risk that materialized on January 6, such as content that delegitimizes an upcoming election or is related to QAnon."
It is worth noting that Meta's decision comes shortly after Twitter restored Trump's account that had been suspended by the social network before it was purchased by Elon Musk.
It is still unknown whether Trump will use the accounts again. So far, the former president has not made any posts on Twitter and could opt for the same with Facebook and Instagram. However, it is important to note that, earlier this month, it was the former president's own campaign that sent a letter to Meta requesting the unblocking of the accounts.