Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Meta announced they will allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram. The announcement came two years after Facebook suspended Trump due to his role in the violent January 6 attack by spreading election lies, harmful disinformation, and right-wing propaganda on the social network.
Juanita Monsalve, Senior Marketing & Creative Director of United We Dream Action, said:
“The decision by Meta to allow Trump back on Facebook and Instagram is rooted in greed, not the safety of its users, or in adherence with their own policies. Despite the violent threat to public safety and democracy, Meta continues to provide a safe haven for right-wing disinformation, conspiracy theories, hateful propaganda, and unchecked lies while refusing to enforce their own content moderation rules.
From the anti-immigrant and white supremacist hate that inspired the shootings in El Paso and Buffalo to the election-related disinformation that led to a violent insurrection on January 6, it’s clear that the type of disinformation and lies Trump spreads lead to violence.
Companies like Meta must be held accountable for disregarding their role in preventing the spread of harmful disinformation and right-wing conspiracy theories. More needs to be done by the federal government to regulate Meta and its platforms like Facebook and Instagram to ensure consumer safety.”