(NewsGlobal.com)- Last week, it was reported that former President Donald Trump’s campaign had petitioned Facebook’s parent company, Meta, requesting that his accounts be reinstated.
After a Twitter user tweeted the news and noted that the former president is “preparing to come back to Twitter and Facebook,” Twitter owner Elon Musk replied to the tweet by wondering how the Biden administration might react to Trump’s return, adding “They may try to weaponize Federal agencies against Twitter.”
NBC News reported last Wednesday that the Trump campaign had asked Facebook’s parent company Meta to reinstate his social media accounts which were banned shortly after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
According to the report, the Trump campaign sent a letter to Meta last Tuesday claiming that the former President’s ban on Facebook “dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse.”
In the letter, the Trump campaign wrote of the importance of free speech and asked Meta for a meeting to discuss Trump’s “prompt reinstatement to the platform.”
While the campaign didn’t threaten to take Meta to court, NBC reported that sources close to the former president thought he might sue.
The Trump campaign’s letter must have worked.
This week, Meta announced that it has decided to permit Trump to return to both Facebook and Instagram sometime in the coming weeks.
In a blog post defending the decision, Meta’s president of global affairs Nick Clegg said “as a general rule,” the company does not want to “get in the way of open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms,” especially concerning elections in democratic countries when the public should be allowed to hear from politicians “so they can make informed choices at the ballot box.”
Clegg added that Trump will be “subject to our Community Standards” just as other Facebook and Instagram users are. Given Trump’s past “violations,” Clegg said the former president “now also faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses.” He said that if Trump posts “further violating content, the content will be removed” and Trump will face a suspension of between a month and two years, “depending on the severity of the violation.”