Former President Trump will be allowed back on Instagram and Facebook, the platforms’ parent company Meta announced Wednesday.
Meta Spokesperson Nick Clegg said Trump’s two-year suspension had ended, and his accounts will be added back in the coming weeks.
“Social media is rooted in the belief that open debate and the free flow of ideas are important values,” Clegg wrote in a statement. “As a general rule, we don’t want to get in the way of open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms – especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States.”
The decision comes after the 76-year-old Republican’s 2024 campaign petitioned Meta to unlock his accounts and let Trump post directly to his 34 million followers on Facebook and 25 million followers on Instagram.
The former president was suspended the day after the Jan 6, 2021, Capitol Riot due to fears he would “provoke further violence.”
Meta said it has installed “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”
“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying – the good, the bad and the ugly – so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box,” Clegg wrote. “But that does not mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform.”