Former President Donald Trump may be on the cusp of making a return to Facebook. Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta Platforms Inc.
Facebook’s parent company, said in a recent interview that Trump’s ban on the platform could be lifted as early as January 2023. See also: Mitch McConnell said he is ‘done with’ Trump and ‘will never speak to him again,’ according to new book
Clegg says the choice to reverse Trump’s ban will be made after he discusses it with a group of experts, and calculates the risk of any possible harm that could come from such a decision when Trump’s suspension expires. “If we think there is content on our platform which will lead to real-world harm — physical harm — then we feel we have a clear responsibility to act against it,” Clegg told news organization Semafor. The duration of Trump’s ban from Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram was set for two years, beginning on Jan, 7, 2021, Meta announced, and will only be reinstated if certain conditions are met. “When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution,” Clegg said. “You shouldn’t throw your weight about.” Clegg added that whatever choice the company makes about Trump’s account is “a decision I oversee and I drive.” See also: Thinking about quiet quitting? You’re not alone. Quiet quitters make up half of the U.S. workforce, poll shows. Trump was banned from several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter
Instagram and Snapchat
in the months after his loss in the 2020 presidential election surrounding posts about voting misinformation and the Capitol insurrection. When describing Trump’s social media posts in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot, Meta CEO Zuckerberg said in 2021 that Trump’s posts served to “condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building.” Since Trump’s ban, he has continued to spread false claims about the results of the 2020 election. Trump has also freq …