Facebook Considers Lifting Trump Ban

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is currently in the process of considering whether to lift a ban on former President Donald Trump.

During an interview with Semafor News on Thursday, Meta’s president for global affairs Nick Clegg said that the company is proceeding with “great caution” in deliberations about lifting the ban.

Clegg noted that, while he will ultimately be the one to make the decision, he is first going to speak with experts and weigh real-world effects.

“It’s not a capricious decision. We will look at the signals related to real-world harm to make a decision at the two-year point — which is early January next year — whether Trump gets reinstated to the platform,” he said.

“We’ll talk to the experts; we’ll talk to third parties; we will try to assess what we think the implications will be of bringing Trump back onto the platform,” Clegg added.

He went on to state that he will be consulting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Meta’s board of directors, and emphasized the weight of the decision.

“When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution,” Clegg said.

The top executive first hinted at Meta allowing Trump back on the platform back in June of 2021, stating that the company would evaluate whether the supposed “risk to public safety” associated with restoring the former president’s account had ceased.

Now, Trump — who was kicked off of several social media platforms following the January 6 Capitol riot — may be back on Facebook as soon as January of 2023.

Angelo Carusone, head of the leftist group Media Matters — which is known for its relentless smear campaigns against conservatives — condemned Clegg for even considering removing the ban on Trump in a recent statement, writing that “Facebook has every intention of restoring Donald Trump’s account.”

“Clegg could have easily noted that Trump’s active promotion of QAnon and continued attempts to overturn the 2020 election would not only be a violation of Facebook’s policies but is certainly an indicator of real-world harms that make it unlikely the platform will restore his account,” Carusone said.

“Instead, he indicated that, as when Trump was active on the platform, Facebook remains unwilling to apply or enforce its own rules against Trump,” he added.