News organizations falsely report that Trump’s account has been reinstated on Facebook and Instagram
Several Indian news outlets have erroneously reported that Meta (formerly known as Facebook) has reinstated former US President Donald Trump on its platforms – Facebook and Instagram.
A Meta spokesperson in an email response confirmed to BOOM that the claim is not true.
Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts were suspended after the January 6, 2021 uprising at the United States Capitol. Called to action by Trump, several of his supporters had gathered in Washington, DC on January 5-6, 2021 to support his false claim that the 2020 election was “stolen by emboldened radical left-wing Democrats.”
After the January 6 uprising, Trump was banned from several social media sites, including Twitter permanently ban your account @realdonaldTrump and Meta suspend his Facebook and Instagram accounts for two years until January 7, 2023 and prevent the former US president from posting new content from his accounts.
Mirror Now on August 30, 2022, tweeted with a graphic claiming: “Former US President #DonaldTrump, who was banned from #Facebook and #Instagram in 2021 for 2 years, has made his comeback. His Facebook and Instagram accounts have been restored. The move was scheduled for January 2023.”
The tweet was later deleted.
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Free Press Journal also tweeted and reported that the former US president’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had been restored.
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Free Press Journal in its article also included screenshots of Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to claim he had been reinstated.
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BOOM found that former US President Donald Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts had not been reinstated and that the ban on posting any new content to these two accounts was still in effect at the time of writing.
After the Jan. 6 uprising, Meta blocked Trump from posting new content to his Instagram and Facebook accounts for the remainder of his term, which was later extended until Jan. 7, 2023.
Meta, in a June 4, 2021 statement, said Trump’s suspension would continue for two years and would only be reinstated if “conditions permit.”
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Additionally, we couldn’t find any credible US news outlets reporting Trump’s Meta account reinstatement, nor could we find any official statement from the social media giant indicating the same.
BOOM then emailed a spokesperson for Meta who denied the claim, stating, “That’s not true.”
In an interview published Aug. 16, 2022, in Politico, Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, said the company would stick to its Jan. 7, 2023 date to make a decision on reinstating Trump’s accounts.
Although Trump is suspended, his Meta accounts are still accessible and old posts on Instagram and Facebook have not been deleted following the ban on posting new content until the suspension.
The last post on his Facebook account was January 7, 2021 and on Instagram was January 6, 2021.