of Trumps Return to Facebook
Looking back at the series of events leading up to Facebook’s decision to suspend Trump’s accounts for a period of two years from the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, through when Meta’s decision to reinstate his account was announced on January 25, 2023.
January 7, 2021:
The day after the Capitol insurrection, Facebook indefinitely suspends Trump for his “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government” as explained in a post by Mark Zuckerberg.
January 7-13, 2021:
Reddit permanently bans the r/DonaldTrump subreddit. TikTok permanently removes Trump’s speeches. Twitter permanently bans Trump’s account. YouTube indefinitely bans Trump’s account. Snapchat permanently bans Trump’s account.
May 5, 2021:
The Facebook Oversight Board upholds the suspension of Trump, putting forth 19 recommendations for the company’s consideration, including “imposing a time-bound period of suspension” for Trump and giving the company 30 days to respond.
June 4, 2021:
Facebook announces that Trump’s suspension will last two years with the potential for extension: "If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”
September 22, 2022:
Nick Clegg, Meta’s President of Global Affairs, says at a Semafor event that Trump could be allowed back on Facebook once his suspension expires in January 2023.
January 25, 2023:
Meta announces their decision to reinstate Trump’s Facebook account after determining that “the risk has sufficiently receded.”