Meta Set To Decide Whether Trump Can Return To Facebook

January 2, 2023

Facebook owner Meta is set to announce whether former President Trump will be allowed to return to that social media site as well as to Instagram. 

That’s according to reports first published in The Financial Times.

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned Meta had previously announced it would decide by January 7 whether to allow Trump to return. However, the decision is now expected later this month, according to reporters citing sources familiar with the matter.

Meta had suspended Trump in January 2021 after its leadership team concluded that the then-President had used his account to incite violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 during the certification of the 2020 Presidential election that Trump had lost to Joe Biden.

In November Elon Musk, the new owner of social media site Twitter, revoked a permanent ban on Trump that was levied two days after January 6 “due to risk of further incitement of violence.” But Trump, who has launched his own, similar social media site, Truth Social, has so far opted to not return to Twitter.

Meta’s decision about Facebook and Instagram is set to come after Trump in November announced he’s running for reelection in 2024.

Meta has reportedly set up a working group to focus on the decision that includes staffers from the public policy and communications teams, as well as from the content policy team.

Read more exclusive news from Political IQ.

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