Meta company to reactivate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts

Meta company to reactivate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts< /p> UPDATE DAY

Social media giant Meta announced on Wednesday that it would “end the suspension” of Donald Trump's accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, two years after Trump was banned. the former US president following the storming of the Capitol. 

“The public must be able to hear what politicians are saying in order to be able to make informed choices,” justified Nick Clegg , Meta's head of international affairs, in a statement.

“But that doesn't mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform. When there is a risk of harm in the real world — a high risk that warrants Meta's intervention in the public debate — we act,” he said.

The former chief of State, presidential candidate of 2024, had been excluded from the social network on January 7, 2021, while he was still in power, for having encouraged his supporters during the attack on Congress in Washington the day before.< /p>

This unprecedented decision was imitated at the time by most mainstream social networks, including Twitter.

In June 2021, Facebook had decided that the ban would last two years, and that the Republican billionaire could only return when the “risks to public safety” had “disappeared”.

The suspension “should never again happen to a sitting president or anyone who doesn't deserve sanctions! “Reacted Donald Trump from his account on Truth Social, the social network he launched last year.

Last week, the former president officially asked to be able to return to Facebook.

His attorney had written a letter to Meta founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg, calling on him not to “silence a presidential candidate.”

Debate

The politician had already been readmitted to Twitter on November 19, 2022, four days after declaring his candidacy for the 2024 election. However, he has not yet published a message on this account, communicating mainly through its own platform, Truth Social.

Meta made “the right decision. Like it or not, Mr. Trump is one of the leading political figures in the country and it is in the public interest to hear what he has to say,” reacted Anthony Romero, the director of the powerful ACLU civil rights group. 

It further notes that “some of the most shocking messages that Trump has posted on social media have been used as evidence against him and his administration in connection with legal action”.

“It is a calamitous and irresponsible decision by Meta, which will (…) fuel the spread of hatred and misinformation”, for its part commented on the “real Facebook supervisory board”, a very critical association. of the social network.

“We know that any decision on this subject will be fiercely criticized,” said Nick Clegg. 

The world number two in online advertising is at the heart of the debate between supporters of stricter content moderation, to clean up the platforms – generally on the left of the American political spectrum – and those who accuse the big platforms of ” censorship”, in particular against the Republicans, without proof.

“Extraordinary”

Suspending a president from power was “an extraordinary decision, taken in circumstances extraordinary,” recalled Nick Clegg.

Meta determined that “the risk to public safety has diminished enough” to reinstate the president's accounts, but with new safeguards in place, including against repeat offenders, to deter further breaches of the rules of the two social networks. /p>

The company had, in fact, adopted a new grid of sanctions in 2021, after a particularly tense American presidential campaign on the platforms and the invasion of the Capitol on the day of the formalization of Joe's victory Biden.

In addition to his support for his supporters that day, Donald Trump had been hammering away his “Big Lie” theory for months — baseless allegations that the 2020 presidential election had been “stolen” from him.< /p>

“If Mr. Trump posts any infringing content again, it will be taken down and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the seriousness of the offense,” detailed Nick Clegg.

< p>Meta will thus be able to curb the propagatio n messages that do not pose concrete risks but contribute to “undermining the legitimacy of an election”.