Meta will unban Donald Trump’s account on Facebook and Instagram

Meta will unban Donald Trump's account on Facebook and Instagram

Meta announced the “unban” of former US President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram. The reinstatement occurs after two years of exclusion, a period that had been revised after an appeal by the Target Oversight Committee.

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Initially, the platforms had applied an indefinite ban, but they followed the Committee’s suggestion and reduced the “penalty”. For the body’s members, there was a lack of more objective criteria for restoring suspended accounts, so the response should be more proportionate.

Now that the deadline has come to an end, the billionaire will be able to use his profiles on social networks again. The measure was the toughest ever applied by Facebook to a notable profile, making it possible to clarify the circumstance for new future cases of civil unrest and continued violence spurred by political figures. In addition, the platform also began to always assess whether the risk to public safety decreases in the event of suspension.

“We know that any decision we make on this issue will be heavily criticized. Reasonable people will disagree on whether it is the right decision. But a decision had to be made, so we tried to make the best decision possible consistent with our values ​​and the process we established in response to the Fiscal Council’s guidance,” the company said via a note.

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Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram accused of encouraging and praising the attacks on the Capitol, which took place on January 6, 2021, in the city of Washington, the US capital. The company justified the measure at the time as a necessary punishment to avoid the articulation of new violent manifestations.

The decision was heavily criticized by supporters of the former president, who classified it as censorship. Meta defended itself by saying that it only applied its regulation that prohibits the encouragement of violent acts.

The former president had also been permanently banned from Twitter and other platforms as a result of the events. After taking over Passarinho Azul, CEO Elon Musk opted to re-establish the politician’s account, bringing Trump back to the platform.

After similar events here in Brazil, Meta said it would take action to prevent the dissemination of content encouraging attacks on public buildings in Brasília. Despite this, a survey by a human rights NGO discovered a flaw in the algorithm, which would have approved advertisements encouraging violence and even the death of children.