Former President Donald Trump could be allowed back on Facebook in time for the 2024 presidential election.
This, according to Nick Clegg, the president of Global Affairs for Meta Platforms, who is in charge of deciding whether or not to lift the ban.
Clegg, speaking at a Semafor Exchange event in Washington, D.C., said the restrictions on Trump’s account could be removed as soon as January of 2023, when his suspension is due to expire.
Readers may recall that Facebook “suspended” Trump’s account after the Capitol riot – later extending the suspension for two entire years.
Reporter Morgan Chalfant indicates that while the Meta executive isn’t revealing his hand on what the decision will be, he “makes clear that it’s possible Trump could be allowed back on.”
“We’ll make it methodically and announce it soberly,” Clegg said of the decision.
At the time of his original suspension for supposedly inciting violence involved with the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Trump had over 35 million followers.
The company said he would only be allowed back on the site if “the risk to public safety has receded.”
Clegg’s comments seem to indicate that is still a concern and Facebook needs to proceed with caution.
“When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution,” he said. “You shouldn’t throw your weight about.”
“If we think there is content on our platform which will lead to real-world harm — physical harm — then we feel we have a clear responsibility to act against it,” added Clegg.
Clegg has called the ban on Trump during the time of the riot “necessary and right,” noting that “the unprecedented circumstances justified the exceptional measure we took.”
Facebook’s Oversight Board ruled to keep the ban in place back in May of 2021 but admitted it was “not appropriate” for the suspension to go on indefinitely.
If Facebook is concerned about a ‘risk to public safety’ they’d be reviewing President Biden’s page where he has been dehumanizing ‘MAGA Republicans’ by casting them as a “threat to democracy.”
Earlier this week, a North Dakota man was charged with vehicular homicide after striking and killing a teenager that he believed “was part of a Republican extremist group.”
Trump has repeatedly railed against Big Tech giants like Twitter and Facebook, saying their efforts to ban him are “a total disgrace.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth,” he said. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price.”
Trump currently has over 4 million followers on his Truth Social media platform and would likely be reluctant to reemerge on Facebook. But 35 million people and an amplified reach prior to the 2024 election will be hard to pass up.
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