The accounts of the former US president were stopped on January 7, a day after the deadly Capitol riots in which hundreds of his followers stormed the US legislature.
Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts have been restored after he was suspended two years ago following the deadly Capitol riot.
Users of social media platforms can now read the former US president’s profiles, with his last post on Facebook made on January 6, 2021, when he wrote: “I am requesting that everyone at the US Capitol be peaceful.”
On that day, an insurgency erupted in Washington, DC, with hundreds of his supporters storming the US Capitol.
Following the violence, Mr. Trump was barred from using the platforms on January 7, 2021.
The former president was also barred from using Twitter.
Since his suspension, Mr Trump has been using his own, considerably smaller site, Truth Social.
The latest development comes after Meta announced that the 76-year-Facebook old’s and Instagram accounts would be restored after a two-year suspension.
In a blog post in January, the IT business stated that it will be implementing “new guardrails” to ensure that there are no “repeat offenders” who break its policies.
“If Mr Trump continues to publish prohibited content, the content will be withdrawn and he will be suspended for one month to two years, depending on the severity of the infraction,” Meta, based in Menlo Park, California, said.
Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said Mr Trump was free to use Facebook and Instagram again “if he likes to”, adding that the “guardrails” were in place to “ensure he plays by the rules”.
“We’re trying to strike a balance between keeping people safe on our platform, making sure that our services are not used to threaten real would-be harm, but at the same time we think the American people should hear from those who want to lead them, and we don’t want to stand in the way of that,” Mr Clegg, the former deputy British prime minister, added.
Responding to Meta’s decision in January, the former US president stated on Truth Social: “FACEBOOK, which has lost billions of dollars in worth after ‘deplatforming’ your favourite president, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account.
“Such an act should never be repeated against a sitting president or anyone else who is not deserving of revenge!”
Mr. Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated last November following Elon Musk’s $44 billion (£38 billion) acquisition of the site.
Mr Musk termed the block on Mr Trump’s account a “mistake” and “morally wrong”.
The Tesla creator posted a poll on the site with the words “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” – a Latin phrase that means “the voice of the people is the voice of God” – asking users to vote on whether Mr Trump should be allowed to return.
The result of more than 15 million votes was that he should, and his account was reinstated.
Mr Trump, who has over 80 million followers on Twitter, has yet to utilise the account and has previously stated, “I don’t see any need for it (returning).”