Former US President Donald Trump will be able to return to Facebook in the coming weeks, the owner of the social network, Meta Platforms, announced on Wednesday.
Trump’s return to Facebook, as well as Instagram, is expected to take place in the coming weeks. The decision comes two years after social media platforms including Facebook decided to temporarily block Trump’s accounts there.
This happened in the aftermath of an attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by supporters of the then president. It was a protest against the alleged rigging of the election in which he lost to Joe Biden. Five people were killed in the clashes.
The target includes owner of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
“We don’t want to get in the way of an open, public and democratic debate on Meta platforms – especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States,” explained Meta’s Global Affairs President Nick Clegg.
He added that the public should be able to find out what politicians say. This will allow you to make informed choices when voting.
“The suspension was an extraordinary decision made under extraordinary circumstances. (…) Now that the suspension period has expired, the question is not whether we decide to reinstate Mr. Trump’s accounts, but whether such extraordinary circumstances still persist that an extension of the suspension beyond the original two-year period would be justified,” emphasized Clegg.
From New York Andrzej Dobrowolski (PAP)