On Tuesday, Donald Trump introduced a blog for his users to share his messages. He has not been able to share his views since he was banned on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms. This move could, however, lead to further takedowns of his online remarks.
Many platforms do not allow users to find a flaw in suspensions and share their thoughts by sharing posts from alternative accounts. Facebook and Twitter took action based on these rules when in January 2021, many posts tried to find ways to share Trump’s posts even with his suspension.
Trump’s website will let his users share his thoughts through their Twitter and Facebook accounts which could lead to these platforms taking more action to implement their policies.
Politico was told by a Twitter official that any content shared from Trump’s blog, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump”, “is permitted as long as the material does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules.”
The official did say that sharing posts from the blog will go against their policies and lead to suspensions if the users try to act as if it is Trump’s account and their “sole intent is to replace a suspended account.” Facebook has not made any comment on the issue. However, both the platforms will soon have to share their policies with regards to the blog that may be looking to find a way around Trump’s suspension.
On January 8, this year Trump was banned from Twitter permanently. However, it was seen that his campaign account on Twitter started posting messages that appeared to originate from him. That account was banned as well. Twitter also deleted tweets from the official account of the White House because they appeared as if they were made by the former President.
In March, Facebook deleted a video shared by Lara Trump, Donald’s daughter-in-law. The video had Donald’s voice and as per reports Facebook deleted the video because of “the block placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”
Facebook is all set to make a decision if Trump’s account will be reinstated again and a day prior to that, Trump has launched his blog. Trump’s blog is not as popular as Facebook which has 2.7 billion members. Facebook banned his account after his followers attacked the Capitol earlier this year.
This blog is not very elaborate and not a proper social media platform but it is something since it lets Trump connect and interact with his fans and share his views. As of now, his blog has a post saying Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is a “stone-cold loser,” and a video that says his blog is a “Place to Speak Freely and Safely” and a “Beacon of Freedom”. The viewers cannot post replies and cannot talk to each other as of now.
An adviser from Trump’s team shared that this blog is the first step in making sure Trump makes a comeback online. Jason Miller is an adviser who tweeted, “President Trump’s website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform. We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future.”