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LINK Meta to Reinstate Donald Trump’s Facebook, Instagram Accounts - WSJ

(They have instituted new guide lines specifically for "public figures". You can start the betting pool for how long it takes Trumps to get his accounts suspended again now... Assuming they actually enforce the new guidelines it is inevitable.)

Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. said it would reinstate former President Donald Trump‘s Facebook and Instagram accounts, more than two years after they were suspended in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Meta said Wednesday that the accounts would be reinstated “in the coming weeks.” It added, “The public should be able to hear what politicians are saying so they can make informed choices.”

Meta’s head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said that the company had concluded the risk to public safety that warranted Mr. Trump’s original suspension from the platforms had receded adequately, so a continued ban on his accounts wasn’t justifiable. But, he said, Meta would closely watch the former president’s accounts.

Mr. Trump, on his social-media platform Truth Social, said, “Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!”

Meta suspended Mr. Trump’s Facebook account indefinitely in January 2021 after determining that he had praised violence committed by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol in response to false claims of a stolen election. His Instagram account was also suspended.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the U.S. and around the world,” Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the time.

Meta had indicated it would eventually restore Mr. Trump’s access, writing months after it took the action in January that it would punish his account for additional violations of its rules “when the suspension is eventually lifted.”

snytiger6 9 Jan 26

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