It seems that while we’re likely to see Donald Trump back on social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, soon enough, the former president will have rules in place to ensure his history of inciting violence via social media doesn’t repeat itself. A statement on the Meta website was posted on January 25, titled, «Ending Suspension of Trump’s Accounts With New Guardrails to Deter Repeat Offenses.» In it, Nick Clegg highlights said guardrails, stating, «heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties which will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol. 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.»
According to NBC News, Meta’s new policy change has come into play just after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives. This is noteworthy, since the new Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, previously promised to «rein in big tech power over our speech» –– a fairly obvious commentary on Trump’s ban. As for whether or not Clegg’s «guardrails» will keep Trump in line on Facebook and Instagram and whether or not he will also return to his old favorite platform, Twitter, only time will tell.