Facebook And Instagram End Trumps Suspension From Platforms
Written by Peter Boykin on January 25, 2023
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Facebook And Instagram End Trump’s Suspension From Platforms
Former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are being reinstated, the social media giant Meta announced a little more than two years after he was suspended from the platforms over “incendiary posts” on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Meta’s decision to lift Trump’s suspension comes weeks after the timeframe Facebook gave itself to re-evaluate the 2021 ban, and shortly after Republicans – many of whom have been critical of Facebook’s decision – regained control of the House of Representatives.
Then-House Minority Leader – and now House Speaker – Kevin McCarthy vowed to “Rein in big tech power over our speech” after Facebook announced the duration of Trump’s suspension in 2021.
Trump’s presidential campaign officially petitioned the social media giant to allow Trump back onto the platform earlier in January 2023.
A Trump adviser said the former president’s campaign was prepared to turn to his allies in the House to pressure Facebook if necessary.
“If Facebook wants to have this fight, fine, but the House is leverage, and keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political,” the adviser said.
Facebook announced in June 2021 that it was banning Trump from Facebook and Instagram until at least January 2023 for a “Severe violation of our rules” stemming from his role in the Jan. 6 riot.
About a year after leaving office, Trump launched Truth Social, where he posted content that included “fraudulent” stolen election claims and posts promoting QAnon conspiracy theories.
Some advisers have said Trump might be limited in posting on other platforms given his relationship with Truth Social.
Democrats had urged Meta to keep Trump off Facebook.
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