Meta Reinstates Donald Trump On Facebook, Instagram

Meta Reinstates Donald Trump On Facebook, Instagram

Meta has said it will end the suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks but new “guardrails” will be in place to deter repeat offenders.

The company announced in a blog post that while it “took action” in “extreme and highly unusual circumstances” having banned his accounts following the 6 January Capitol insurrection.

However, Meta referred the ban to its own Oversight Board that upheld the banning order but criticised its open-ended nature and the lack of information on what an account could do to be restored. Meta then decided that two years was plenty long enough for Trump to be off its platforms.

In order to ensure that Trump behaves himself when he gets his accounts back, he — along with other public figures with previously banned accounts — will face new heightened penalties.

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

Meta also said that, as part of its updated protocol, may “limit the distribution” of posts that do not violate its Community Standards but “contributes to the sort of risk that materialised on January 6, such as content that delegitimises an upcoming election or is related to QAnon.”

It also said that repeat offenders might be temporarily kicked out of Meta’s advertising tools.

Needless to say, not everyone was taken with Meta’s decision.




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