Fact Check: Donald Trump's Facebook And Instagram Accounts Have NOT Been Reinstated

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Donald Trump's Facebook And Instagram Accounts Have NOT Been Reinstated He's Not Back

Did Facebook and Instagram reinstate former President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts on June 2, 2021? No, that's not true: There was no change in the status of Trump's social media accounts, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in a tweet on June 2, 2021. Trump's ability to post new content was suspended by Facebook in the wake of the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, although his old posts remain online.

The claim appeared on a wide range of social media posts, including a tweet (archived here) posted by a CBS reporter on June 2, 2021. It read:

The last post on Trump's now-reinstated Facebook account:

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Wed Jun 2 22:23:47 2021 UTC)

It was not immediately clear what triggered the false rumor that Trump had been restored to Facebook and Instagram. It was quickly countered by Facebook's spokesman Andy Stone on Twitter:

The page was never down: archive.is (a site that lets you take snapshots of what a site looked like on a particular moment in time) has snapshots of the page for several days between January 6 2021 and now. This is what it recorded for January 26, 2021:

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This is a link to the Trump Facebook page.

Trump's Instagram account likewise was screenshotted on January 16, 2021: https://archive.is/JF2L9

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Trump's Instagram page can be found here.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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