“No president should be excluded from social media,” Donald Trump cheered this Wednesday evening. Social media giant Meta announced on Wednesday that it will “end the suspension” of Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, two years after the ex-US president was expelled due to the storming of the Capitol. “This should never happen again to a sitting president or anyone else who doesn’t deserve to be punished!” – the Republican, a candidate for the 2024 presidential election, ironically commented on his Pravda social network.
“The public needs to be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s head of international relations, said in a statement. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits on what people can say on our platform. When there is a risk of harm in the real world – a high risk that justifies Meta’s meddling in public debate – we act,” he said.
“Silence a Presidential Candidate”
The former American head of state was kicked off the social media platform on January 7, 2021, while he was still in office, for cheering his supporters during an attack on Congress in Washington the day before, an unprecedented decision. time on most major social networks, including Twitter. In June 2021, Facebook decided that the exclusion would last two years and that the Republican billionaire could only return when the “risks to public safety” “disappeared.”
Last week, the former president formally asked for permission to return to Facebook. His lawyer sent a letter to Meta founder and president Mark Zuckerberg urging him not to “silence the presidential candidate.” The politician was already readmitted to Twitter on November 19, 2022, four days after his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election. However, he has not yet posted on this account, communicating mainly through his own platform, TruthSocial.