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Trump reinstated to Facebook after 2-year suspension

Facebook parent, Meta is reinstating former US president, Donald Trump’s personal account after a two-year suspension following the deadly January 6 insurrection.

On Wednesday, the company said in a blog post that it was adding “new guardrails” to ensure there were no “repeat offenders” who violated 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,” said the post from Meta, which is based in Menlo Park, California.

In a post on his own social media network, Mr Trump condemned 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 [favourite] president, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account,” he posted. 

“Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting president, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution.”

Mr Trump was suspended on January 7, a day after the 2021 insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, which left more than half a dozen people, mostly police officers, dead.

It is noteworthy that Mr Trump’s response to his reinstatement does not say whether he will re-join Facebook.

Recently, he was also reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company.

Aides of the former President have, however, noted that Facebook is important for his campaign’s fundraising success, given that he has declared his intention to run again for President in 2024.

Writing by Tony Okerafor