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President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives to speak at a rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Facebook parent Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump's personal account after two-year suspension following the Jan. 6 insurrection. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Donald Trump reinstated to Facebook after 2-year ban

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY and JILL COLVIN

Facebook parent Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump's personal account after a two-year suspension following the Jan 6 insurrection.

The company said in a blog post Wednesday it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure there are no “repeat offenders” who violate its rules.

“In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” wrote Nick Clegg, Meta's vice president of global affairs.

Trump, in a post on his own social media network, blasted Facebook’s decision to suspend his account as he praised his own site, Truth Social.

“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since “deplatforming” your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!” he wrote.

He was suspended on Jan 7, a day after the deadly 2021 insurrection. Other social media companies also kicked him off their platforms, though he was recently reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company. He has not tweeted.

Civil rights groups and others were quick to denounce Meta's move. Letting Trump back on Facebook sends a signal to other figures with large online audiences that they may break the rules without lasting consequences, said Heidi Beirich, founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism and a member of a group called the Real Facebook Oversight Board that has criticized the platform’s efforts.

“I am not surprised but it is a disaster,” Beirich said of Meta’s decision. “Facebook created loopholes for Trump that he went right through. He incited an insurrection on Facebook. And now he’s back.”

Clegg said that in light of his previous violations, Trump now faces heightened penalties for repeat offenses. Such penalties “will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol.”

If Trump — or anyone else — posts material that doesn't violate Facebook's rules but is otherwise harmful and could lead to events such as the Jan 6 insurrection, Meta says it will not remove it but will limit its reach. This includes praising the QAnon conspiracy theory or trying to delegitimize an upcoming election.

Meta said Trump's accounts will be restored in the coming weeks on Facebook and on Instagram. Banned from mainstream social media, Trump has been relying on Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.

Associated Press Writer David Klepper in Washington contributed to this story.

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Great! Now he can say stupid things again.

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There should be NO social media allowed for this fascist traitor criminal. He should be in solitary prison confinement for life, with NO internet access or contact with anyone from the outside world. Meta is abetting and giving comfort to a terrorist and an enemy of the United States. This in itself is a treasonous act and an outrage.

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Why would Trump need a presence on Facebook when he has his own super successful social media platform "Truth Social"?

It does sound like this is the first bit of good news Trump has had in a long long time. But then again, a 14 year-old can have a Facebook account, but I guess you've got to start somewhere.

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So the MAGA-Comedy channel is returning to Facebook - OK...

Wonder how long he'll last....I'm guessing one day at most before he makes another racist tirade against McConnell's wife and his former hand-picked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao or on his words "Coco Chow"....

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/12/29/elaine-chao-donald-trump-racist-taunt/10966484002/

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Good! By reinstating him Facebook will again allow Trump to re-incriminate himself. I don't use the platform myself so all I'm waiting for is to see his orange mugshot impersonating Gary Busey, whenever Merrick remembers he's wanted back at the office.

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Facebook stocks to a major bashing once this news came out..

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There should be NO social media allowed for this fascist traitor criminal.

He's not a traitor, he's not Snowden or Swalwell

He should be in solitary prison confinement for life, with NO internet access or contact with anyone from the outside world.

Maybe that kind of thinking works well in Somalia, but not in a democracy, believe me, I feel you, I feel worse about every person in this current admin, but laws are laws and rules are rules in a civilized society.

Meta is abetting and giving comfort to a terrorist and an enemy of the United States. This in itself is a treasonous act and an outrage.

Hogwash, as an American this is the right and just thing to do, these people lied and got in bed with politics which is something they should have never done, they are a social media platform and NOT a political one, they got caught and thanks to Musk for exposing all of the outrageous undertakings they did to a sitting President of the US, I hate Obama, but if they would have done that to him does anyone think that the left would have stood by and allowed that to happen? Think about it, no difference here. They at least partially admitted that they were wrong and it is a good start, still don't trust these people if my life depended on it, but they have moved in the right direction and it is a just and long overdue one.

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Trump did not return to Twitter and probably won't return to FB.

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Why would Trump need a presence on Facebook when he has his own super successful social media platform "Truth Social"?

A good point.

I miss Trump’s Twitter account in some ways. It was teenage fart/knob joke level but he could be funny.

It did get ugly when he gave publicity to a foul racist organization in the UK by retweeting a dodgy video from them. That was sewer level.

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Trump has an exclusive contract with Truth Social and now wants to end that and return to Twitter. Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes denied an earlier report that Trump wants to make the switch.

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“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since “deplatforming” your favorite President, me,

What a silly and stupid man.

Trump owes ALL his fame to mainstream media and social media, while lambasting them for being “unfair” to him. Especially the NY Times, WaPo, NBC, Twitter, and Facebook.

By all means, go ahead and spout your self-worshipping and spiteful nonsense on Facebook. You’re a washed up loser anyway.

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Stupid man can say more stupid things.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

His self-pity and playing the victim card is more common these days.

Not as funny as he used to be.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Such anger and dismay that one man will even have the ability to speak, if he so chooses.

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After two years, people who had no right to vote for or against Trump then, get triggered by this?

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Such anger and dismay that one man will even have the ability to speak, if he so chooses.

Do you miss the days when he retweeted trash memes like hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball?

I must admit, I do to a point. It takes me back to the days when we lit farts in break time at school or drew knobs on other’s blazers in chalk.

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Trump did not return to Twitter and probably won't return to FB.

Doesn’t mean he won’t in the future, but the good thing is, he can.

What a silly and stupid man. 

Why?

Trump owes ALL his fame to mainstream media and social media, while lambasting them for being “unfair” to him. Especially the NY Times, WaPo, NBC, Twitter, and Facebook. 

Well, all politicians do, good or bad. Now when and if he decides to run, they all know they need Trump and he needs them.

By all means, go ahead and spout your self-worshipping and spiteful nonsense on Facebook. You’re a washed up loser anyway.

No, not even close.

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-favorability-rising-trump-mccarthy-jump-double-digits-poll-1775521

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Do you miss the days when he retweeted trash memes like hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball?

Oh that one was hilarious!

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bass4funk

   Trump did not return to Twitter and probably won't return to FB.

> Doesn’t mean he won’t in the future, but the good thing is, he can.

Only if he can be released from his contract with Truth Social.

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Only if he can be released from his contract with Truth Social.

Not entirely true, but he has time.

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He's not a traitor

He’s a traitor to truth social, he promised exclusivity.

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Well, the big orange clown is back to make Facebook more amusing, lol..

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bass4funkToday 10:45 am JST

   Only if he can be released from his contract with Truth Social.

> Not entirely true, but he has time.

How so?

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He’s a traitor to truth social, he promised exclusivity.

Now the left demand accountability? Smh….

How so?

How not?

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People invested billions into Truth Social on the condition that Trump had an exclusive contract. Will he now break that contract? Will those investors lose money?

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A question is never answered by another question.

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Will he now break that contract? Will those investors lose money?

He could, wouldn’t be the first contract a person broke, doubt investors will lose money, there are other people that people should look at when it comes to investor fraud.

A question is never answered by another question

You would know this.

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Do you miss the days when he retweeted trash memes like hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball?

Oh that one was hilarious!

But Hillary got the last and bigger laugh....

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/20/trump-and-lawyers-sanctioned-almost-1-million-for-frivolous-lawsuit-against-hillary-clinton.html

Build the Wall, Defend the Election, now Truth Social...when will Trump supporters wake up to the Ultra MAGA King playing them for fools and hustling all their money?

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We all know Trump frequently breaks promises, and contracts and is a proven serial liar.

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You would know this.

You would know that.

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So.

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We all know Trump frequently breaks promises, and contracts and is a proven serial liar.

He’s a politician now, joined the big club like the the others, take a number.

You would know that.

Ditto

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But Hillary got the last and bigger laugh....

Oh did she? Sure seems she never became President and never will. still seems quite bitter about her loss.

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What will happen with Trump book? Is it just a waste?

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He’s a traitor to truth social, he promised exclusivity.

Now the left demand accountability? Smh….

Do they? I see.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. How about 45 breaking another promise and tricking his tubes again?

How do you feel about that?

Don’t use ‘the left’ or ‘Biden’ or ‘Dems’ in your answer, it won’t be at all relevant.

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Anyway, back to the topic at hand. How about 45 breaking another promise and tricking his tubes again?

Was he the first politician to do so? See Washington recently?

How do you feel about that?

Nothing to do with me.

Don’t use ‘the left’ or ‘Biden’ or ‘Dems’ in your answer, it won’t be at all relevant.

Sadly, you don’t get to tell me how I should answer.

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—Trump owes ALL his fame to mainstream media and social media, while lambasting them for being “unfair” to him. Especially the NY Times, WaPo, NBC, Twitter, and Facebook. 

Well, all politicians do, good or bad.

Right. You know, who hasn’t conned the NY Times into writing a story that inflated their achievements and worth? And which politician hasn’t had their own reality TV show on NBC that mythologizes them beyond recognition? And who hasn’t used FB to scam feeble-minded voters into donating money and then calling the whole platform biased against themselves? We’re all such hypocrites!

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Trump won't be the GOP nomination in 2024.

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Anyway, back to the topic at hand. How about 45 breaking another promise and tricking his tubes again?

Was he the first politician to do so? See Washington recently?

I see. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. How about 45 breaking another promise?

How do you feel about that?

Nothing to do with me.

Is that right? I seem to recall you spent many hours on here attacking Facebook and proclaiming truth social the savior of free speech.

Now it has nothing to do with you? That is quite a turnaround.

Sadly, you don’t get to tell me how I should answer.

Seems no one can, nor the notions of logic, memory, relevance or sense.

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Is that right? I seem to recall you spent many hours on here attacking Facebook and proclaiming truth social the savior of free speech.

> Now it has nothing to do with you? That is quite a turnaround.

How it was going to save the First Amendment. Oh! boy!

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Trump is a traitor and a criminal of zero residual value.

He shouldn’t be on social media of any kind.

At least we will get to enjoy him incriminating himself when he’s indicted on multiple felonies and can’t keep his yap shut.

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Not all politicians are presidents held to higher standards but with Trump not all presidents are politicians.

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Trump does not get the media rush he gets from Twitter and FB. We don,t even know how many members. Trump is a media junkie and needs his daily fix. Like a donkey in the car headlights.

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I'm ok with this, because it seems every time Trump opens his mouth, he just says something that either increases his legal culpability for the charges he is facing, or says something that alienates non-partisan centrist votes required to actually win an election.

People are tired of the crazy. The more he can broadcast his crazy, the more people he will turn off. Let him bleat on FB - give a man enough rope...

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Right. You know, who hasn’t conned the NY Times

As if they have any credibility! ROFL

into writing a story that inflated their achievements and worth? And which politician hasn’t had their own reality TV show on NBC that mythologizes them beyond recognition? And who hasn’t used FB to scam feeble-minded voters into donating money and then calling the whole platform biased against themselves? We’re all such hypocrites!

The FBI and the big wigs at the helm sure scammed people and got their fill.

Trump won't be the GOP nomination in 2024.

Ahhh, because you say so?

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-favorability-rising-trump-mccarthy-jump-double-digits-poll-1775521

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Trump does not get the media rush he gets from Twitter and FB. We don,t even know how many members. Trump is a media junkie and needs his daily fix. Like a donkey in the car headlights.

As far as rush goes, seems like Trump won’t have to worry about Schiff, Swalwell or Omar, annoying him anymore, so that’s indeed refreshing news to hear on a cold shimmering Thursday morning, less to worry about.

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   Trump won't be the GOP nomination in 2024.

> Ahhh, because you say so?

Yes because that is my prediction which is often more correct than yours. You predicted a RedWave in the elections which turned into ketchup. You said the reptiles would retake the house and the senate.

We will know in 2024.

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As far as rush goes, seems like Trump won’t have to worry about Schiff, Swalwell or Omar, annoying him anymore, so that’s indeed refreshing news to hear on a cold shimmering Thursday morning, less to worry about.

You should not worry so much worse for your mental health. Play some guitar until it passes.

Schiff, Swalwell or Omar,

Where did they go?

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—Right. You know, who hasn’t conned the NY Times 

As if they have any credibility! ROFL

Well, it’s the paper that put Trump on the map. That was my point. Which I thought was obvious.

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Yeah the NY Times! that won a Pulitzer for their hard hitting reporting on Russia collusion.

That we just found many years later that the FBI actually did, not Trump.

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bass4funkToday  12:54 pm JST

As far as rush goes, seems like Trump won’t have to worry about Schiff, Swalwell or Omar, annoying him anymore, so that’s indeed refreshing news to hear on a cold shimmering Thursday morning, less to worry about.

The fact that Schiff and Swalwell were on the Intel Committee in the first place is looney.

wallaceToday  12:56 pm JST

Yes because that is my prediction which is often more correct than yours. You predicted a RedWave in the elections which turned into ketchup. You said the reptiles would retake the house and the senate.

We were able to actually vote in the election.

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We were able to actually vote in the election.

Don't blame me if you voted for a loser, again.

You know nothing about me.

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Trump makes me smile ,roll my eyes .

He's truly an odd duck.

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wallaceToday  01:13 pm JST

Don't blame me if you voted for a loser, again.

You know nothing about me.

You weren't praised when he won.

And everyone knows everything about you.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

We were able to actually vote in the election.

we only have your word for that.

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Yeah the NY Times! that won a Pulitzer for their hard hitting reporting on Russia collusion.

Are you dissing the paper that your lord ‘n little savior relied on to make him famous?

You also are missing my point. You just see the words NY Times and you start frothing at the mouth.

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Yes because that is my prediction which is often more correct than yours.

Now that has got to the be funniest joke since the Will Smith slap.

You predicted a RedWave in the elections which turned into ketchup.

Not the House though. Notice how the Dems seem nervous recently. That in itself is worth all the gold.

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