Trump to return to Facebook, Instagram after a two-year hiatus

Trump to return to Facebook, Instagram after a two-year hiatus
US President Donald Trump. [Photo: Courtesy]

Former US President, Donald Trump may soon be back on social media sites – Facebook and Instagram.

Meta Inc., the parent company that owns two of the big​​gest social media sites by subscription base, said it considering restoring Trump accounts following a two-year suspension.

Meta banned Trump from its platforms after a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“In the event that 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,” wrote Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, in the blog post.

The company further stated that it put new guardrails in place to deter repeat offences.

The ban was a major litmus test for Meta, who had previously pulled an unpopular stunt by removing a sitting head of state from social media.

“Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting president or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” said Trump, who has since launched a parallel platform known as Truth Social.

Trump, who said that he will have another stab at returning to the White House in 2024, had 34 million followers on Facebook and 23 million on Instagram by the time of his suspension.

Trump was also suspended from Twitter, but his account was restored last November after it was taken over by Elon Musk, a South African-born American business mogul.