Last updated: January 26, 2023, 8:43 AM IST
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has announced that it will restore former US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks.
The announcement was made by Meta’s President of Global Affairs Meta Nick Clegg in a blog post on Wednesday.
Meta suspended Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years on January 7, 2021 following his praise for people involved in violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“The suspension was an extraordinary decision made under extraordinary circumstances. The normal course of action is that the public should be able to hear on our platforms from a former US president, and a declared candidate for that office,” Clegg explained. in the blog post.
“Like any other Facebook or Instagram user, Mr. Trump is subject to our Community Standards. In light of his offenses, he also now faces increased penalties for repeat offenses – penalties that will apply to other public figures whose accounts have been reinstated following civil unrest-related suspensions under our updated protocol,” he added please.
Clegg also said Meta is reinstating Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, but with new guardrails to “deter repeat infractions.”
“We know that any decision we make on this issue will be fiercely criticized. Reasonable people will not agree whether it is the right decision. But a decision had to be made, so we tried to make it the best we could in a way that was consistent with our values and the process we’ve put in place…” he claimed.
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