Trump launches new website ahead of Facebook ruling

Nellie Chapman
May 5, 2021

Facebook and Instagram's Oversight Board will announce Wednesday whether or not it will allow former President Donald Trump to return to the social media sites.

Trump adviser Jason Miller tweeted after the rollout, "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", he said.

Posts on the site repeated Trump's false claim that he lost the 2020 election because of widespread voter fraud and denigrated fellow Republicans who have been critical of him like Senator Mitt Romney and Representative Liz Cheney. It also allows leaders to interact with other public figures and engage in "foreign policy saber-rattling". In speaking about the ban, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said previously that Trump incited "violent insurrection against a democratically elected government".

The oversight board has the final say on what is removed or allowed to remain on the world's biggest social network.

After the Capitol riot on January 6, Twitter banned Trump for breaking its "glorification of violence" rules, departing somewhat from precedent to take possible interpretations of his tweets into account. It ordered Facebook to restore posts by users that the company said broke standards on adult nudity, hate speech, or unsafe individuals.

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The buzz soon turned to mockery, however, as Fox News reported the details of the "new" venture, which it turns out is actually just a website, which again, he already has.

"Facebook set the rules, are judge, jury and executioner and control their own appeals court and their own Supreme Court".

YouTube has said they will reactivate Mr Trump's account when the threat of "real-world violence" reduces.

The decision to ban Trump from social media sites like Facebook was met with both praise and criticism.

Facebook itself referred Trump's case to the oversight board, in line with its position that company executives should not be in the position of making key decisions on content and political speech.

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