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Trump will be BACK on Facebook and Instagram in the 'coming weeks' 

Trump will be BACK on Facebook and Instagram in the 'coming weeks' 

Facebook’s parent company Meta will reinstate former President Donald Trump after keeping him away from the platform for two years, the company announced Wednesday.

“As a general rule, we do not want to impede open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms – especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States”, Nick Clegg, president of the global business company, wrote in a moving blog post.

“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying – the good, the bad and the ugly – so they can make informed choices at the ballot box,” he wrote.

The move comes two months after Trump announced he was running for re-election in 2024, though his campaign has been low-key to date, conducted mostly online. He had been kicked out of the platform for breaking its rules on incitement to violence.

Donald Trump may return to Facebook, Meta has announced

The move comes after Twitter CEO Elon Musk lifted the ban on the Trump site, imposed after the Capitol riot, although Trump has yet to use the platform.

He promises to have an impact on the 2024 presidential campaign. Trump has a large following on social media, but has posted on his own Truth Social site – and he has not backed down from his repeated claims of an election “ stolen,’ despite a litany of lawsuits by his supporters expelled from court and Congress meeting to count the votes certified by the states before and after the Capitol riot.

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google have all blocked Trump following his election cancellation effort.

Facebook does not verify the claims of political candidates, and its competitor Twitter has cut moderating staff amid layoffs and purges instituted by Musk.

“In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for one month to two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” according to the company.

Clegg, the UK’s former deputy prime minister, said the move “does not mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform”.

“When there is a clear risk of real-world harm — a deliberately high bar for Meta to intervene in public discourse — we act,” he wrote.

News of the change comes as Trump seeks new ways to engage the public. A report on Wednesday said he had started contacting people he knew via text.

The company's statement came from director Nick Clegg, not company president Mark Zuckerberg

The company’s statement came from director Nick Clegg, not company president Mark Zuckerberg

Trump has the ability to post on Twitter and Facebook now that he's launched a re-election campaign.  He continues to repeat claims of a 'stolen' election, despite states certifying Joe Biden's victory

Trump has the ability to post on Twitter and Facebook now that he’s launched a re-election campaign. He continues to repeat claims of a ‘stolen’ election, despite states certifying Joe Biden’s victory

In recent days, he has used online platforms to blast congressional Democrats and even send a link to a article about the Joe Biden documents saga.

Trump had the most followers on Facebook when he imposed the suspension.

The ban came amid a wave of election misinformation, during the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

The House committee on January 6 explored the issue at length, although it omitted pages of documents from its final report.

After House Republicans took control of the House, they vowed to crack down on “Big tech,” which many Republicans have long argued is biased against conservatives. The suspensions, though deemed permissible by private companies that control their own platforms, have helped spark a backlash against curbs on free speech.

House Republicans are already preparing to probe efforts to suppress information about a Hunter Biden laptop report online.

Meta and other platforms face a tough regulatory environment. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced it was suing Google for its dominance in online ads.

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Trump issued a statement attacking Facebook and praising its own platform.

‘FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in value since it ‘deplatformed’ your favorite president, me, just announced that it is reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting president, or anyone else who does not deserve retaliation! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS EXCEPTIONAL, AND THE FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!’ Trump wrote.

The company said public risk had “reduced enough”.

If he chooses, the new policy gives Trump a chance to try playing many of the same plays he did in his previous campaigns.

He plans to hold his first campaign rally in South Carolina in a few days. The platform allowed Trump to ruthlessly attack his opponents, with his events broadcast online and sometimes on cable networks.

The tweets and other posts will allow him to both attack Biden and Democrats as well as pressure Republicans amid infighting battles over power and spending.

During President McCarthy’s fight for survival, Trump issued a printed statement of support and was seen calling lawmakers on the phone, as a sign of influence on the House GOP.

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