It’s been over two years since the former US president was literally ousted from major social networking platforms over the Jan. 6th riot at the US Capitol.
Twitter allowed him back last year after Elon Musk took over the ownership of the company and Facebook has been pondering about letting the former president back on the platform by consulting with different firms in order to arrive at a conclusive decision.
And the new consensus is that the former president’s official accounts made it back on Facebook and Instagram earlier this year as promised by Meta, while Alphabet’s YouTube reinstated his account on Friday.
Trump’s first post on both platforms was “I’M BACK!” with a video of CNN in 2016 when he was announced as the winner of the presidential race against Hillary Clinton. The video soon transitions to a “Trump 2024” screen to show his aspiration for the next year’s presidential election.
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“Sorry to keep you waiting,” Trump says in the video.
Trump is yet to make any posts via his official Twitter account.
For those who remembered, the former president grew his notoriety on social media platforms, especially, Twitter where he infamously made enemies and friends. Many have argued that Twitter without Trump is boring while others argued that he needed to be permanently banned from the platform.
“We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election,” YouTube said in a tweet, referring to its move to restore his account.
Trump’s campaign team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement to Fox News Digital back in January, one of Trump’s spokespeople said that being back on Facebook will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign in order to reach voters.
Also, do not forget that Trump founded his own social media platform, Truth social back in 2021 which he hoped would be a place to bring in his supporters during his ban on major social media platforms. However, things aren’t necessarily looking great for the Truth Social network right now.
Opponents of Trump’s return point to his messages on Truth Social, where he has nearly 5 million followers, as evidence that he still poses the same risk that led to his suspensions.
The former president made an announcement last week that he could potentially be indicted on Tuesday over a criminal charge relating to a hush-money payment made to a porn star during the 2016 campaign. Many of his supporters have called this to be politically motivated.
He’s also facing US$250M civil fraud lawsuit brought against him by the New York state which alleged a decade-log scheme to manipulate ver 200 asset valuations and his net worth in order to win better terms from banks and insurers.
Trump has called the suit a witch hunt.