Meta to end suspension of former President Trump

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(NewsNation) — Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, announced Wednesday that former President Donald Trump’s suspension from the social media platform will come to an end “in the coming weeks,” Nick Clegg, president of Meta’s global affairs, said in an email to media outlets Wednesday.

“Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg said. “We don’t want to stand in the way.”

The former president’s accounts were suspended after the social media platforms determined that Trump stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The company said in a blog post Wednesday it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure there are no “repeat offenders” who violate its rules.

“In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Meta, which is based in Menlo Park, California, said.

Trump, in a post on his own social media network, blasted Facebook’s decision to suspend his account as he praised his own site, Truth Social.

“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” he wrote.

Trump was suspended on Jan. 7, a day after the deadly 2021 insurrection. Other social media companies also kicked him off their platforms, though he was recently reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company. He has not, however, tweeted since his reinstatement.

Banned from mainstream social media, Trump has been relying on Truth Social, his own, much smaller site, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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