Trump news today: Meta to reinstate its Facebook and Instagram as 2024 campaign prepares

Marjorie Taylor Greene positions herself as Trump’s vice president for 2024

Donald Trump will see his Facebook and Instagram accounts reinstated in the coming weeks by parent company Meta after a two-year ban.

Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, said there will be new built-in guardrails to limit the distribution of posts that don’t explicitly break the rules.

It’s unclear if the former president plans to use the accounts once they’re reinstated, but he responded with a message from Truth Social mocking the company.

The news comes after Mr Trump hosted conservative influencers from the ‘Libs of TikTok’ and Babylon Bee at Mar-a-Lago.

NBC News reports that it’s part of a charm offensive by the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, whose campaign has its first event this weekend in South Carolina.

Earlier this week, Mr Trump came to the defense of Mike Pence after it emerged that classified documents had been found in the former Indiana vice president’s home.

Mr Trump called Mr Pence an “innocent man” and urged people to “leave him alone”.

This is a marked difference from his response to the discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington and in an office he used in Washington DC.

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Meta’s decision to reinstate Trump ‘a disaster’

Letting Donald Trump return to Facebook sends a signal to other personalities with large online followings that they can break the rules without lasting consequences, said Heidi Beirich, founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism and member of a group called Real Facebook Oversight. Board that criticized the platform’s efforts.

“I’m not surprised but it’s a disaster,” Ms Beirich said of Meta’s decision. “Facebook created loopholes for Trump that he walked through. He instigated an insurrection on Facebook. And now he’s back.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson blasted the decision as “a great example of putting profits ahead of people’s safety” and a “serious mistake”.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump waves to people as he arrives for a New Year’s Eve event at his Mar-a-Lago home on December 31, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida

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“It’s pretty amazing how hate can be spewed, conspiracies fueled, and violent insurgency incited on our nation’s Capitol, and Mark Zuckerberg still thinks that’s not enough to get someone off their platforms. shapes,” he said.

Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 7:55 a.m.

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ICYMI: Meta will restore Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has announced it will soon restore the twice-impeached ex-president’s access to their platforms, just over two years after Mr Trump used his media profiles to incite a violent attack on the US Capitol.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 7:15 a.m.

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Classified documents found at Pence’s home include overseas travel briefings

Among the 12 classified documents recovered from the home of former Vice President Mike Pence, several are believed to have been briefing notes prepared for his official international tours.

The documents may have been forgotten because they were with other old travel binders and would be difficult to locate without going through each of the pages, multiple sources told CNN.

These briefing binders often contain details of the people an official will meet during their international visit, and the information included can range from basic knowledge about foreign leaders to more confidential information about them.

Read more in this report:

Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 06:30

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Despite new revelations about Pence, McCarthy targets Biden over documents

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tried to distinguish between documents found at former Vice President Mike Pence’s home and those discovered at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Independent asked Mr. McCarthy about the CNN report that Mr. Pence found documents at his home in Carmel, Indiana and promptly returned them.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 5:45 a.m.

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Even after missing a full day, Trump somehow wins a golf tournament

Golf-loving former US President Donald Trump picked up another win in a competitive tournament at one of his clubs in Florida – despite missing the first day of the weekend event .

He announced his Senior Club Championship win at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida on his Truth Social social media platform.

Weird that on the Saturday of the tournament, he went to a memorial service two states away…

Maroosha Muzaffar to the story.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 04:15

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ICYMI: Trump wonders why no one on Georgia’s infamous election call said he acted inappropriately

Donald Trump released a potentially revealing statement on Truth Social as news broke on Tuesday that authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, are set to make a decision on charges against several members of his inner circle – including potentially Mr. Trump himself.

The ex-president, out of nowhere, made his now infamous January 2, 2021 appeal to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he instructed the state’s chief election officer to ‘find’ more than 11 000 votes he would have needed to overtake Joe Biden. total as is.

John Bowden has the details.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 3:15 a.m.

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Everything old is new: Classified documents have been a problem dating back to the Carter administration

At least three presidents. A vice president, a secretary of state, an attorney general. The mishandling of classified documents is not a problem unique to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 2:15 a.m.

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Voices: Why Pence’s documents cloud GOP attacks on Biden

The Independentit is Eric Garcia explains how the narrative the Republicans were developing was suddenly thrown into disarray.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 1:15 a.m.

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What you need to know about the classified Trump, Biden and Pence documents

Classified documents continue to appear where they shouldn’t.

The discovery of classified documents at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence in Indiana follows the revelation of classified documents at the home and former office of President Joe Biden in Delaware – and the seizure of the last year of hundreds of classified marked documents from Mar-a-Lago, the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump.

A look at the similarities and differences between the different situations:

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2023 12:15 a.m.

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Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s barrage of racist attacks on her

For months, Donald Trump unleashed a series of thinly veiled racist comments about his former transportation secretary, the wife of his party’s Senate leader, to the relative silence of other GOP officials.

Days after her latest abuse, Elaine Chao issued a rare rebuke to the former president amid growing reports of anti-Asian hatred and shocking acts of violence affecting Asian American communities.

“When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation,” she said in a statement to Politico. “He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian Americans.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 25, 2023 11:30 p.m.