Former President Donald Trump has posted to Facebook for the first time since parent company Meta (META) restored his account in January. In the post, Trump wrote “I’m BACK!” and included a short clip of his 2016 presidential victory flanked by his son Barron Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Meta restored Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in January after suspending them following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters trying to stop certification of the 2020 election.
Trump’s post comes just hours after Alphabet’s (GOOG, GOOGL) YouTube restored Trump’s account on the social media platform, citing the need for voters to hear candidates for public office.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on education while holding a campaign rally with supporters March 13, 2023 in Davenport, Iowa, United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
“We have carefully assessed the ongoing risk of violence in the real world, while also weighing the chance for voters to hear equally from key national candidates in the run-up to an election,” read a statement on YouTube’s Twitter account.
However, Trump will be on a short leash on Meta’s platforms. According to Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, Trump “faces increased penalties for repeat offenders – penalties that apply to other public figures whose accounts are restored following civil unrest-related suspensions under our updated protocol.” “
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If Trump violates Meta’s Terms of Service, the offending content will be removed and he may face a ban of one month to two years, depending on the severity of the violation.
While he has posted on Facebook, Trump has still not posted anything on his Twitter account, which previously served as his de facto bullying pulpit.
Digital World Acquisitions Corp. shares (DWAC), the blank check company formed to take Trump’s Truth Social platform public through a reverse merger, fell less than 1% in after-market trading. The company’s shares have fallen as much as 81% over the past 12 months.
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