Donald Trump to return to Facebook and Instagram ‘in the coming weeks’, Nick Clegg says

Donald Trump to return to Facebook and Instagram ‘in the coming weeks’, Nick Clegg says

Donald Trump will be allowed back onto Facebook and Instagram following his two-year suspension, Meta has announced.

In a statement, Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs said Mr Trump’s suspension had now elapsed and his accounts will be restored “in the coming weeks”.

The company indefinitely revoked Mr Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts after removing two of his posts during the Capitol Hill violence, including a video in which he reiterated his false claim of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

Mr Clegg said: “People should be able to hear what politicians are saying – good, bad & ugly – to make informed choices at the ballot box.

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“Now Trump's 2-year suspension has elapsed, the question is whether the serious risk to public safety that existed in January 2021 has receded enough to allow the suspension to expire.”

The former Liberal Democrat leader went on to say that Meta had evaluated the current situation as part of their Crisis Policy Protocol and that the risk to public safety had “sufficiently receded”.

Mr Clegg did add, however, that “new guardrails” will be installed and that the former US President “faces heightened penalties for repeat offences” when he returns.

He concluded: “We know that any decision we make on this issue will be fiercely criticised. Reasonable people will disagree over whether it is the right decision.

Donald Trump Presidency - In pictures

President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible and his son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible and his son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of 9 November 2016 in New York (Getty Images)
Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of 9 November 2016 in New York (Getty Images)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump poses with his family after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York on 16 June 2015 (Reuters)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump poses with his family after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York on 16 June 2015 (Reuters)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds babies at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 29 July 2016 (Reuters)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds babies at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 29 July 2016 (Reuters)
Donald Trump eating KFC on his private jet in August 2016 (Donald Trump)
Donald Trump eating KFC on his private jet in August 2016 (Donald Trump)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, America on 09 October 2016 (AP)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, America on 09 October 2016 (AP)
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S. on 09 November 2016 (Reuters)
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S. on 09 November 2016 (Reuters)
The future is orange: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump hugs a U.S. flag (Reuters)
The future is orange: Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump hugs a U.S. flag (Reuters)
Donald Trump and wife Melania being interviewed on 13 November 2016 by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes (60 Minutes/CBS)
Donald Trump and wife Melania being interviewed on 13 November 2016 by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes (60 Minutes/CBS)
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office of the White House on 10 November 2016 (EPA)
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office of the White House on 10 November 2016 (EPA)

“But a decision had to be made, so we have tried to make it as best we can in a way that is consistent with our values and the process we established in response to the Oversight Board’s guidance.”

Mr Trump’s Twitter account was restored in November by new owner Elon Musk, though he has yet to post there.

After being removed from several social media platforms, Mr Trump went on to set up his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Ahead of his return to Facebook, Mr Trump has also announced that he will make another run for the White House in 2024.