Just over two years after Donald Trump’s accounts were suspended from Facebook and Instagram, Meta, the owner of the platforms, said that it would reinstate the former president’s access to them. He previously had hundreds of millions of followers and was the most followed account on Facebook when he was barred.
Meta, along with other mainstream social media services, suspended Trump from its platforms in 2021 after hundreds of people stormed the Capitol in his name, saying his posts ran the risk of inciting more violence. The company said yesterday that it had decided to reverse the bans because the risk to public safety had “sufficiently receded.”
In November, Trump’s Twitter account was also reinstated, giving the former president more of a megaphone as he campaigns for the White House in 2024. But Trump has not posted on Twitter and is currently active only on the right-wing social network Truth Social. YouTube has not said whether it will allow the former president back on the platform.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump said a “deplatforming” should “never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving retribution!”
Trump has long been averse to email and other communications that leave a record. But recently, associates say, he has gotten into sending text messages.