Why Trump’s new blog could lead to more social media takedowns


A Twitter spokesperson told POLITICO in a statement Tuesday that sharing content from Trump’s new site — “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” — generally “is permitted as long as the material does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules.”

But, the spokesperson said, sharing posts from the site will break Twitter’s rules against ban evasions if users try to imitate Trump’s account and their “sole intent is to replace a suspended account.” A Facebook spokesperson did not return a request for comment on how the platform will handle users sharing Trump’s blog messages on its site. But both sides could soon have to make calls on posts originating from the blog that test its policies against circumventing suspensions.

After Trump’s personal account was permanently banned from Twitter on Jan. 8, the company later kicked off his campaign Twitter account for posting messages identical to those posted by Trump’s personal account. It also removed a series of tweets posted by the White House’s official account that also mirrored Trump’s posts.

Facebook separately in March removed a video posted by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump that contained the former president’s voice, according to news reports, an action it said it took “in line with the block placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”

The launch of Trump’s new blog arrives a day before Facebook’s oversight board is set to rule on whether his account should be reinstated.

The new blog doesn’t have anything close to the reach of Facebook, the 2.7-billion-member social network that suspended his account indefinitely after a throng of his supporters rampaged through the Capitol on Jan. 6. It’s far less elaborate than the possible new social media network that Trump and his advisers have been teasing for months.

Still, it’s a limited step toward allowing the former president to air his musings and opinions directly to his supporters. His posts so far include one calling Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) a “stone cold loser,” and a slick video Tuesday that proclaims his platform a “Beacon of Freedom” and a “Place to Speak Freely and Safely” — although the site does not allow readers to reply back or communicate among themselves.

One senior Trump adviser indicated that the portal is only the beginning of his online comeback.

“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,” tweeted Jason Miller, a longtime adviser. “We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future.”

The launch arrives as Trump faces the prospect of being muzzled yet again by a major tech platform on Wednesday morning, when Facebook’s oversight board is expected to rule on whether company must reinstate his account or can keep him off the site for good.

The Facebook decision could deal a massive blow to Trump’s ability to communicate with followers, or it could bolster his grip on the GOP by widening his reach after spending months in relative digital isolation. The ruling is also expected to reverberate across social media, where Trump for years…



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