Facebook Officially Reinstates Trump's Account

The former president has been banned by Facebook and Instagram for more than two years

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February 9, 2023

Former president Donald Trump's official Facebook and Instagram accounts have officially been restored, a Facebook spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday.

Trump was banned from both social media platforms, along with others such as Twitter, following the January 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol. Facebook at the time said Trump would be barred from using both Facebook and Instagram for inciting violence, a violation of their terms of service.

It is unclear whether Trump will use the platform—though the former president was reinstated on Twitter last November, he has still not used his account, opting instead to use his own platform, Truth Social.  A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook CEO Nick Clegg told Axios last month that Trump's accounts would be reinstated "in coming weeks," though he cautioned that future bans are on the table. "We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country," Clegg told Axios. "We don't want to stand in the way of that."

Trump as of this writing has yet to post on either his Facebook or Instagram accounts, which together have more than 50 million followers.

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