After a ban of over two years, Meta announced that former U.S. President Donald Trump will be allowed back on Facebook and Instagram.
Donald Trump's account was indefinitely suspended from Facebook and Instagram for his comments after the attack on the U.S. Capitol when his supporters stormed the building.
But in a statement, Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs, said the public, “should be able to hear what their politicians are saying.”
Trump's Facebook and Instagram ban was one controversial subject that broke the internet two years ago. Now that Trump is to be reinstated, the internet is abuzz again.
Critics Can't Get Over The January 6 ‘Coup'
One user calls it “unbelievable” that Meta would welcome him back after he and his supporters “attempted a coup.”
Unbelievable. Trump and his co-conspirators attempted a coup on #Jan6.— Nancy McBeth (@NancyMcBeth) January 25, 2023
1/25/2023: BREAKING NEWS – Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram access will be reinstated in the coming weeks, ending a 2-year ban, Meta said. Meta suspended Trump from its platforms on 1/7/2021.
@Michael31909473 tells Twitter, “We must never forget one major fact,” and brings back the events of Jan. 6th, 2021.
WE must never forget one major FACT my friends. On Jan. 6th, 2021 Donald Trump led an insurrection against the United States of America supported by the poor boys, oath keepers, and Trumps cult members. FACT. Two bombs were planted on the Capital Premises but failed to explode.— Michael Fulmer (@Michael31909473) January 25, 2023
“If it was someone else, it would be a ban for life,” this user says, suggesting a bias concerning the former president.
If it was someone else it would be a ban for life. Suck ups.— Glenda (@Glenda96574739) January 25, 2023
Read “Facebook to lift Donald Trump ban: Will he update his status on Facebook and Instagram?” on SmartNews: https://t.co/D65KUdb80w #SmartNews
Twitter Believes Elon Musk To Thank
@ChrisMaushart expresses excitement over the return in a tweet, sharing: “DADDY'S BACK.”
Meanwhile, @pierre_crypt0 suggests Elon Musk had something to do with the sudden reinstatement:
Well, I guess @elonmusk buying Twitter has more reach than most expected.— Pierre (⛷️,⛷️) – I'll never DM you first (@pierre_crypt0) January 25, 2023
In the same vein, another user suggests a correlation between Meta and Twitter, the latter owned by Elon Musk. “It's like Meta and Twitter work parallel,” they wrote. “If one does something another does the same.”
@UpwardNewsHQ shares a post Donald Trump made after the news of his reinstatement, saying: Thank you to truth social for doing such an incredible job.”
JUST IN: Donald Trump responds to Meta’s decision to reinstate his accounts on Facebook and Instagram:— Upward News (@UpwardNewsHQ) January 25, 2023
“Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President”. pic.twitter.com/7iHU395qRa
“It's almost as if a violent, Trump-incited insurrection never happened,” @mehdirhasan says.
Donald Trump has been indicted for no crimes.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 25, 2023
Donald Trump has been reinstated to Twitter and Facebook.
Donald Trump is running for president again.
It's almost as if a violent, Trump-incited insurrection never happened.
Or happened, and was then forgotten.
Some Critics Can't Forget Trumps ‘Sins'
“America is good at many things,” someone replied. “But forgetting sins of the past is what we’re best at.”
@deep_state_ceo also added that, “if that was the worst of his crimes it would still warrant prison. It isn’t even mentioning everything else he did in office, the scams his family ran, and how bad it would be a second time around. Really, really catastrophic.”
@LionHearted76 expresses happiness that “what never, ever should have happened in the first place is being rectified.”
🔥🚨 Breaking: Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are being reinstated.— LionHearted (@LionHearted76) January 25, 2023
What never, ever should have happened in the first place is finally being rectified. Let’s hope they will do the same for Trump’s followers who were thrown off for supporting him. pic.twitter.com/lOkwhENoVB
Other users have shown excitement in tweets like: “Social media is about to be interesting again,” “GOAT back,” and, “We will be following him!”
How do you feel about Trump returning to Facebook and Instagram? Do you think he'll actually re-join?
This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.
Boloere Seibidor, fondly called B.S. is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics to cover include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sites. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.