Meta exec discusses Donald Trump's return to Facebook and Instagram

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Davos, Switzerland – Facebook and Instagram will decide “quickly” about whether to reinstate the accounts of former President Donald Trump, according to Meta’s president of global affairs.

Donald Trump’s return to Facebook was discussed by Meta president of global affairs Nick Clegg at Davos. OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP

Nick Clegg explained on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that Trump’s suspension had been imposed in January 2021, following the attack by his supporters on the US Capitol.

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He pointed out that the ban had only been imposed for two years, indicating that the Republican politician would be allowed back on. Clegg said Meta had an obligation to allow controversial discussions on its platforms.

Meta had previously said a decision could come as early as January 7, and still plans to have an answer by the end of the month.

Trump’s campaign asks for reinstatement of Facebook account

Democrats have urged Meta to extend the ban on the grounds that Trump continues to spread misinformation and positions harmful to democracy.

Two months ago, Trump announced he was running to return to the White House in 2024. His campaign on Tuesday explicitly asked Meta for a meeting to discuss reinstating his Facebook account.

Twitter allowed Trump back in November after US billionaire Elon Musk took over the company. However, Trump has so far remained loyal to the Truth Social platform he himself founded.

He has around 4.6 million followers there.

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