Meta is preparing to announce whether it will allow former US President Donald Trump back on to Facebook and Instagram, as per Financial Times report. The Meta had previously said it will decide by 7th January 2023 whether to allow the former president to return.
But, that decision is now expect to be announce later in the month, the FT said, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Meta has set up a working group to focus on the matter, according to people with knowledge of its operations, the report said, adding that the group includes staffers from the public policy and communications teams, as well as from the content policy team.
The development comes after Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, revoke a permanent ban on Donald Trump in November 2022 on the social media platform after polling users.
Donald Trump maintain that he had no interest in returning to Twitter.
“I don’t see any reason for it,” the former president had said via video when ask whether he plan to return to Twitter by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
Donald Trump has mount relentless attacks on the integrity of US voting since his 2020 election defeat and launch a bid in November to regain the presidency in 2024, aiming to pre-empt potential Republican rivals.
As Meta agreed to pay $725 million (approx. Rs. 6,000 crore) to resolve a class-action lawsuit accusing the social media giant of allowing third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, to access users’ personal information.
The propose settlement, which was disclose in a court filing in December, would resolve a long-running lawsuit prompt by revelations in 2018 that Facebook had allow the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to access data of as many as 87 million users.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs call the propose settlement the largest to ever be achieve in a US data privacy class action and the most that Meta has ever paid to resolve a class action lawsuit.