(FreedomBeacon.com)- Donald Trump’s exclusion from the most prominent social media networks may soon end. The decision on whether to permit him to rejoin Facebook or not will purportedly take place soon.
After being suspended after the attack on January 6, Meta, previously Facebook Inc., which also owns Instagram, will decide whether to reinstate the former president on its services.
After applauding the Capitol rioters in a Facebook video and assuring them, “We love you, you’re really special,” before ordering them to go home, Trump was initially suspended on January 7, 2021, for at least two weeks.
Concerns that Trump would use his account to instigate violence before Joe Biden’s inauguration led to the suspension of his account as well.
Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts would be suspended for two years starting on January 7, 2021, and he would only be permitted to return if the “danger to public safety has faded,” according to a confirmation from Meta in June 2021.
According to Nick Clegg, vice president of worldwide relations at Meta, if they conclude that there is still a severe risk to public safety, they will extend the restriction for a certain amount of time and continue to re-evaluate “until that risk has subsided.”
“When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.”
Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign would significantly impact the decision-making process, which he officially declared on November 15, 2022.
According to a Facebook internal memo, the former president’s bid for president in 2024 will insulate him from the platform’s independent fact-checkers. Politicians’ advertisements and posts are exempt from fact-checking and will not be limited, under Meta’s fact-checking guidelines, “out of respect for the political process.”
If Trump is permitted to return to Facebook, critics worry he will use the site to disseminate untruths about election rigging.
But it’s still unclear whether Trump will want to utilize Facebook and Instagram if given a chance.