Former US President Donald Trump posted on Facebook on Friday, marking his return to the social media platform two years after he was banned.
Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook and Instagram, announced on January 25 that it would restore Trump’s access to his accounts, saying that the public should be allowed to hear from politicians, but that Trump is will be subject to “higher penalties” for continued violations of the law. his laws.
The former president was suspended for praising the rioters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Despite Trump’s recovery, it was not clear whether he would post on the news.
Facebook and Instagram are the main vehicles for reaching voters and fundraising and can boost Trump, who will make another run for president in 2024. Trump has 23 million followers on Instagram and 34 million on Facebook as of February 9.
A Trump spokesperson told Fox News Digital in January that the return to Facebook “will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters.”
Trump founded his own social media platform called Truth Social in late 2021, which he relied on to connect with supporters during his ban from Twitter and Meta.
Opponents of Trump’s comeback point to the messages he posted on Social Truth as evidence that he’s continuing to take the same risk that got Meta shut down in the first place. .
More than 350 of his Truth Social posts would have violated Facebook’s rules, including ads promoting the QAnon conspiracy and pushing election campaign misinformation, the Accountable Tech advocacy group said. in a December report.
In a blog post, Meta said it has updated its rules on the classification of civilians during civil crises. Under the agreement, Meta said it could limit the distribution of the Trump post that did not violate its rules but “contributed to the type of tragedy that occurred on January 6.”
The restriction means that posts on Trump’s profile will remain available, but will not be distributed among users, even if they follow Trump, said a Meta.
The company says it can also prevent posts from being re-shared or run as paid ads.
Ad buyers previously told Reuters that Trump’s reshuffle would not change the way ads are served, but it reinforced long-standing concerns about how Meta will hold back ads. from appearing next to other things.
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