Following the news that he would be readmitted to the site after a two-year suspension, former President Trump turned to several social media networks on Wednesday afternoon to criticize Facebook and its parent company, Meta, for their decision to ban him in the first place.
Shortly after 4 o’clock in the afternoon, he sent out an email in which he stated, “Facebook, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account.” “Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President or anybody else who is not deserving of revenge!” a person exclaimed. “Never again should such a thing happen!”
Additionally, in the same message, the former president expressed gratitude to Truth Social, his own online community, for “doing a fantastic job” in accommodating him and for their recent achievements.
On Wednesday, the company Meta, which owns and controls both Twitter and Instagram, revealed in a blog post that it would be lifting President Trump’s suspension from both of those social media platforms “in the coming weeks.” According to Nick Clegg, the president of worldwide affairs for Meta, the firm has assessed that Donald Trump is no longer a “major concern to public safety,” and they have “guardrails” in place for when he comes back.
“To evaluate whether the serious risk to public safety that existed in January 2021 has sufficiently receded, we have evaluated the current environment according to our Crisis Policy Protocol,” Clegg wrote. “This included looking at the conduct of the US 2022 midterm elections, as well as expert assessments on the current security environment.” [Clegg’s] goal was to determine “whether the serious risk to public safety that existed in January 2021 has sufficiently receded.”
“We have come to the conclusion that the danger has sufficiently decreased, and as a result, we should continue to keep to the timeframe that we established, which is for two years. As a consequence of this, we will be reactivating Mr. Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram within the next several weeks. Nevertheless, we are doing so with brand new safeguards in place to prevent recurrences of the offense.”
After the violence that occurred in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the platform announced that it would be expelling Trump “indefinitely” for his suspected role in the riot. This led to the initial implementation of the suspension.
The decision was met with criticism from members of all political parties and marked the first time that a sitting president had their Facebook account disabled. Additionally, Trump was suspended from using Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat at the time. According to Clegg, Facebook did an evaluation of the restriction later that year, in June 2021, and as a result, it changed the suspension to a minimum of two years, which will last until January 2023.
Clegg stated that the safeguards will include a more severe punishment in the event that Trump violates the terms of service of the platforms or participates to talks that “do not breach our Community Standards but that add to the sort of risk that occurred on January 6.”
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Clegg continued on Wednesday by saying, “In light of his [Trump’s] violations, he now faces increased penalties for repeat offenses. These penalties will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol.” [Clegg] “In light of his [Trump’s] violations, he now faces increased penalties for repeat offenses.”
According to Clegg, a subsequent offense would result in a ban that could last anywhere from one month to two years, depending “on the seriousness of the violation.”
Clegg was also aware that the reaction of Trump’s detractors would be to become more vocal in response to his return to the platform. Earlier, during an interview with Fox News Digital that was conducted exclusively for the media outlet, President Trump stated that Facebook has “lost $700 billion since I was de-platformed.”
“It has been regarded a significant commercial mistake for them, Twitter, and others,” he added. “It has been deemed a major business mistake.” In the beginning of this month, President Trump was quoted as saying, “If they took us back, it would help them enormously, and that’s alright with me.” However, they require our help more than we do for them.
Fox News Digital was told by Steven Cheung, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, that during the successful 2016 campaign, in which Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Trump depended significantly on the sales of advertisements on Facebook.
According to Cheung, Trump spent $44 million between June and November of 2016, running over 6 million different versions of his advertisements. During this time period. In November, the Republican former president made the announcement that he would run for president again in 2024. As of right now, he is the only contender in the race. His candidacy could result in a rematch between him and the incumbent Vice President, Joe Biden.
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