Former President Trump will be allowed to return to Instagram and Facebook, the platforms’ parent company, Meta, announced on Wednesday.
Meta spokesperson Nick Clegg said Trump’s two-year suspension is over and his accounts will be added in the coming weeks.
“Social media is rooted in the belief that open debate and the free flow of ideas are important values,” Clegg wrote in a statement. “As a general rule, we do not want to impede open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms – especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States.”
The decision comes after the 76-year-old Republican’s 2024 campaign asked Meta to unlock his accounts and let Trump post directly to his 34 million Facebook followers and 25 million Instagram followers.
The former president was suspended the day after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 over fears he would “provoke further violence.”
Meta said they had “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offences.”
“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying — the good, the bad and the ugly — so they can make informed choices at the ballot box,” Clegg wrote. “But that doesn’t mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform.”