Trump returns to Facebook after end of ban: 'I'M BACK!'

Posted 8 days ago


Former President Donald Trump posted for the first time on Facebook months after the platform restored his account, signaling a start to the Republican's 2024 reelection campaign.

Trump posted "I'M BACK!" on Friday, along with a video from a public appearance after his 2016 electoral win. The return post appears to kick-start Trump's efforts to reignite his connection with supporters on social media, which was a hallmark of his previous campaign and presidency.

Trump was previously banned for his role in promoting violence during Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol but was restored after the temporary ban by Facebook ended in early 2023. Facebook said it would reinstate Trump's account with guardrails to ensure he could not spread misinformation. He has been slowly returned to online platforms.

Meta had previously implemented a time-bound two-year suspension on Trump's account at the behest of its regulatory body, the Oversight Board. The request was made over his statements allegedly promoting violence during the Jan. 6 riots.

The Oversight Board eventually reviewed its policy and decided the ban would end in 2023.

Meta's leadership announced the restoration of Trump's account in January. "We will be reinstating Mr. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks," Nick Clegg, the president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post. "However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses."... (Read more)