Meta will reinstate former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts “in coming weeks” following a two-year suspension, according to Nick Clegg, the company’s president, global affairs, Axios’ Sara Fischer and Mike Allen report.
On behalf of Change the Terms, a coalition of more than five dozen civil rights, human rights,
tech policy and consumer protection organizations, we urge you to permanently instate Meta’s
ban on former President Donald Trump.
“Is [Trump’s rhetoric] safer, or is it that it wasn’t being broadcast to hundreds of millions of people on Facebook that kept it safer?” said Accountable Tech’s executive director, Nicole Gill, whose anti-Big Tech advocacy group has run digital and television advertisements urging the company not to reinstate Trump. “The absence of violence after the midterms is not at all reason to let him back on.”
Nearly half of Trump’s posts and reposts on Truth Social in the week after the 2022 midterm elections pushed claims of election fraud and amplified QAnon accounts or content, according to December research from Media Matters. Another study by Accountable Tech found more than 350 of Trump’s Truth Social posts would violate Facebook’s safety guidelines.
It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump incited a violent insurrection against the U.S. government, organized largely on social media. But while the January 6 Select House Committee is referring the former president to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation, Meta is considering handing him back the keys to his Facebook account.
As the leaders of two tech and media watchdog groups, we’ve closely tracked Trump’s online behavior since he incited that deadly insurrection, and we can unequivocally say: There is no justification for allowing Trump back on Facebook.
As representatives of 29 civil society and civil rights groups, we write to oppose Donald Trump’s reinstatement to Meta’s platforms. Meta, then Facebook, deplatformed Trump following his proliferation of election disinformation and calls for violence that led to the insurrection on January 6, 2021.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, could allow former President Donald Trump back on its platforms as soon as January 7 — just two years after he was suspended for his role in inciting the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
New review by Accountable Tech finds more than 350 posts from Donald Trump on Truth Social are in violation of Facebook’s safety guidelines — the equivalent of nearly two prohibited posts every single day across a five month period.
Former President Donald Trump called for the termination of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election and reinstate him to power Saturday in a continuation of his election denialism and pushing of fringe conspiracy theories.
As Meta considers whether to allow former President Donald Trump back on its platforms, his increasingly extreme behavior on his social media platform Truth Social — pushing misinformation and amplifying conspiracy theories — demonstrates the potential real-world harm that such a move would pose.