Facebook may lift former U.S. President Donald Trump’s suspension in January 2023, Meta Platforms executive Nick Clegg announced.
At an event sponsored by news organization Semafor, Clegg mentioned that the company would consult experts and weigh the risk for public harm.
“When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution,” Clegg told Semafor editor-at-large Steve Clemons. “You shouldn’t throw your weight about.”
Coming back to Facebook would be a boon for political outreach and fundraising should Trump run for president again in 2024.
In 2016 and in 2020, Trump, who had 35 million followers on Facebook, tapped the platform to energize his base and raise campaign cash.
In 2021, CEO Susan Wojcicki stated that YouTube would lift the Trump ban “when we determine the risk of violence has decreased.”
Twitter permanently banned Trump, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is trying to quash his deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, affirmed that he would allow Trump back on the social media platform where he had more than 88 million followers.
The de-platforming of Trump sparked outrage among conservatives who said Facebook and other major social media platforms routinely censor their speech. At the time the former president called Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube “a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country.”