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Meta Might Soon Reinstate Donald Trump’s Instagram and Facebook Accounts

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According to a story from the Financial Times, Facebook’s parent corporation will soon make a decision regarding whether to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account on the social media network.

The Financial Times stated that Meta will announce whether Trump will have access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts later in January, delaying a planned deadline of January 7. Since the aftermath of some of his supporters illegally entering the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, former President Trump has been banned from using both platforms.

Nick Clegg, the president of global affairs at Meta, has assembled a committee to examine Trump’s reinstatement. Previously, in October, Clegg stated that the business was seriously contemplating lifting the prohibition.

“We believe that any private company–and this is really regardless of one’s personal views about Donald Trump–should tread with great thoughtfulness when seeking to, basically, silence political voices,” Clegg said.

In June 2021, Facebook‘s board first decided to uphold a two-year ban on Trump’s account, with a probable expiration date of January 7, 2023.

Approximately 34 million people follow Trump’s Facebook page. 23.3 million people follow him on Instagram. January 6th, 2021 is the date of his last Facebook post.