Trump allowed on Facebook even as long as he doesn’t January 6th

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced today that former President Donald Trump is reinstated on its platforms after a suspension of more than two years.

The ruling comes after Trump announced his intention to run for president again in 2024.

“We’ve always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to run the country,” said Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, according to Axios.

Trump was not immediately reinstated, although he is expected to be allowed back onto the platform in the coming weeks.

However, there is a big caveat that he is allowed to post on two of the biggest platforms in the world where he has more than 50 million followers combined.

He can’t do another January 6th.

Trump was suspended after the Capitol riot after major social media platforms believed he had used them to foment violence and anti-government insurgency.

If he starts posting again on Instagram and Facebook, Meta’s two main platforms, and uses them for another January 6th, he’s out.

“We just don’t want – if he is to return to our services – him to do what he did on January 6th, which was to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election in the way he tried to do the election.” of 2020,” Clegg said, according to Axios.

The platform also said that while it wouldn’t necessarily be an automatic ban if Trump posted neighboring QAnon content, his account’s reach might be limited.

“For example, skewed references to QAnon content … are the type of material that — even if made skewed and not in violation of our community standards — we would seek to restrict the content’s distribution and/or limit its promotional opportunities,” said Klegg.

Trump has already been reinstated on Twitter by Elon Musk, although he has yet to post there. reporting by Rolling Stone indicates that he plans to tweet again soon.

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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 5:16 pm CST

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