Trump was barred from Twitter and removed from Facebook and YouTube following the Capitol protests in January.
‘From The Desk Of Donald J. Trump’
The former president unveiled a new section of his website on Tuesday, effectively a standard-issue blog, after promising his own social media network for censored posters for months.
The “platform” is designed to look like Twitter, but it’s really a running blog with Trump’s Twitter-length commentary. People can sign up for post updates on the website using their email and phone numbers, and they can allegedly like them, but that feature doesn’t seem to work as of this writing.
Users can also share Trump’s posts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Although the Twitter sharing option is currently unavailable, people can share Trump’s posts on Facebook.
Despite being just launched on Tuesday, the website already have posts dating from March 24th. Trump’s most recent post is a video promoting his new forum, which he describes as “a place to speak freely and safely, straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump.”
Trump will “eventually” be able to interact directly with his followers, according to Fox News, but it’s unclear how that will happen. A request for comment from Trump’s press office was not immediately returned.
The launch comes just one day before Facebook’s Oversight Board is expected to decide whether Trump will be permitted to return to Facebook and other Facebook-owned social networking sites including Instagram.
In January, Trump was barred from Facebook and Twitter, his favorite social media site, after a right-wing mob invaded the US Capitol, killing five people.
The company’s Oversight Board said on Wednesday that its decision to suspend then-President Donald Trump following the January 6 insurgency at the US Capitol was justified.
That means the company is not required to instantly restore Trump’s links to Facebook and Instagram. The panel, however, said Facebook made a mistake by imposing an indefinite ban and that the company has six months to restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a fixed period of time.
Facebook suspended the former president’s accounts indefinitely, claiming he used his account to “incite violent insurgency.” Other social media platforms have banned Trump, with Twitter going so far as to permanently ban him.
“At the time of Mr. Trump’s posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm and his words of support for those involved in the riots legitimized their violent actions,” the Oversight Board wrote in its decision announcement. “Given the seriousness of the violations and the ongoing risk of violence, Facebook was justified in suspending Mr. Trump’s accounts.”
It said, however, that Facebook was attempting to “avoid its responsibilities” by implementing an indefinite suspension — which the board slammed as “a vague, standardless penalty” — and then requesting that the board make the final decision.
Following the decision, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said in a statement that the company will “determine an action that is clear and proportionate.” Trump’s accounts will remain suspended until then, he said.
While the board’s policy proposals aren’t legally binding, Clegg said the organization will consider them carefully.