Banned from Facebook following the January 6, 2021 protests on Capitol Hill in Washington, former US President Donald Trump has just returned to the social network with a simple message: “I’m back!”
Former US President Donald Trump returned to Facebook on March 17, writing “I’M BACK!” (“I’m back!”) on his page, which was recently unblocked by the social network. Along with this brief announcement, he also posted an old video of himself from his 2016 presidential election victory, where he read, “Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business.”
On January 25, the social media giant Meta announced that it was “ending the suspension” of Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram, two years after the exclusion of the former Republican head of state following the protests. leading to the intrusion into the Capitol, in Washington, on January 6, 2021.
“The public must be able to hear what politicians are saying in order to be able to make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s head of international affairs, said in a statement at the time. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits to what people can say on our platform,” he said, reaffirming that “real-world risk of harm” would lead to ” intervention of Meta”.
Presidential candidate of 2024, Donald Trump had been excluded from the social network on January 7, 2021, while he was still in power, accused of having encouraged his supporters when they had entered Congress in Washington the day before. . This unprecedented decision was imitated at the time by most mainstream social networks, including Twitter.
The former head of state had already been readmitted to Twitter on November 19, 2022, following a consultation organized by Elon Musk, shortly after declaring his candidacy for 2024. However, he has not yet posted a message on this account, communicating mainly via its own platform, Truth Social.