Former US President Donald Trump no future leader should ever be blocked from posting on social media as he reacted to Meta’s announcement it would lift his two-year Facebook and Instagram ban.
“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account,” he posted on his Truth Social website.
“Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!”
Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram has announced that it will reinstate Trump’s accounts in the coming weeks.
“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,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post announcing the decision.
“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.”
Trump was banned by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google on January 6, 2021 following an insurrection on the US Capitol building which he publicly supported.
Banned by the four biggest platforms, Trump moved to Truth Social, an app he’s backed that closely resembles Twitter and is led by Devin Nunes, the former California Republican congressman.
Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, lifted the platform’s suspension of Trump last year, though the former president has yet to resume tweeting from his account.