Calling the suspension an “extraordinary decision in an extraordinary situation,” Meta issued a press release on its website Wednesday, saying it would allow Trump to return to the platform “in the coming weeks.”
“Social media is rooted in the belief that open discussion and the free flow of ideas are important values, especially at a time when they are under threat in many parts of the world.
The moratorium was originally enacted on January 7, 2021, the day after Trump supporters. stormed the US Capitol In an attempt to sabotage the certification of the 2020 presidential election, which Republicans lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
In one of his last Facebook messages before being suspended, Trump continued to spread misinformation about the election results, repeating: falsehood that the vote was marred by fraud;
He also used the platform to denounce the Vice President. Mike Pencewas overseeing vote authentication.
“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what had to be done to protect our country and our Constitution. Mr. Trump wrote at the time:
In Wednesday’s decision, Mehta said it had set out to “assess whether the serious risks to public safety that existed in January 2021 had receded sufficiently” and determined that it had.
Nonetheless, Mehta said it would put in place “new guardrails to deter repeat offenders”. may be subject to suspension.
It also restricted the distribution of posts that could contribute to “the kind of risk realized on Jan. I promised to
Additionally, in the event of repeated violations, Meta “may temporarily restrict access to our advertising tools.” The company said these penalties also apply to “other public figures whose accounts have been reinstated from civil unrest-related suspensions.”
The company has faced criticism for not doing more to censor hate speech, misinformation, and other content rule violations. filed a lawsuit Against the Facebook owner who allegedly played a role in promoting violence against ethnic groups in Myanmar.
Meta recently announced that it would be removing “content that endorses or glorifies” Storming. government building On January 8th of this year in Brazil, in another incident far right supporter try to overturn the election. The attack has been widely compared to the 2021 US Capitol riots.
But Meta’s attempts to curb posts containing misinformation, violence, and other messages that may violate the platform’s rules have faced stiff opposition from the highest levels of governments around the world.
Figures like former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, as well as prominent US Republicans, have accused Meta of deleting controversial accounts and materials.
Trump to start his own social media company real societyfollowing his dismissal from Meta and other social media companies.
On Wednesday, he posted on his Truth Social account about his return to Facebook and Instagram, saying:
Earlier this month, the former president’s lawyers sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding his reinstatement.playing cards Announced in November He plans to run for a second term as president in 2024.
Same month, Trump returned to work New owner Elon Musk took to social media platform Twitter after an online poll on whether to restore the former president.