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Instagram and Facebook will once again permit Donald Trump to his accounts

When Meta declared it would terminate its two-year restriction of his accounts, Donald Trump will be able to access Facebook and Instagram once more.

The social media behemoth announced that the prohibition would lift “in the following weeks.”

The audience “should be able to perceive what their officials are saying,” according to Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta.

Following the Capitol riots in 2021, the former president’s access to Instagram and Facebook was temporarily blocked.

According to him, “The ban was an unprecedented decision made in an extraordinary situation.” He claimed that, according to an assessment, Mr. Trump’s accounts no longer pose a severe risk to the safety of society.

But Mr. Trump would now be subject to harsher punishments for any future misdeeds because of his previous “violations.”

The Meta Oversight Committee, a body it established to evaluate moderation decisions, stated that Meta made the decision to reinstall Mr. Trump on its platforms “alone; the board played no part in the decision.”

In order to assess the execution of current proposals affecting public figures, it advised Meta to be open and forthcoming with information.

As Mr. Trump gears himself to run for the US election once more next year, Republicans have been pushing for his reinstatement on Facebook.

In reaction, Mr. Trump sent a message on his own social media platform, Truth Social, claiming that Facebook had “lost a lot of money” because of the ban on “your favourite president, me.”

Democrats and some activist groups criticised Mr. Trump’s suspension news right away, saying they were worried he may once again use the platforms to repeat his false allegations that he won the 2020 election.

After the US Capitol incident on January 6, 2021, Twitter also suspended the former president, claiming that he had violated the platform’s policies against glorifying violence.

Elon Musk, the company’s new owner, announced in November that Mr. Trump’s account suspension had been reversed following the publication of a survey in which subscribers narrowly supported the action. Despite stating previously that he saw no justification for it, Mr. Trump is yet to return to Twitter.