This past week, Meta officially restored the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former President Donald Trump, The Hill reports.
Trump had been banned from these social media platforms, and others, following the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021. Big Tech claimed at the time that the bans were necessary to prevent further violence.
This is despite the fact that Trump, in his final post before the ban, Trump wrote:
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
Trump had been banned from Facebook and Instagram for two years when, in January 2023, Meta announced that it would finally be removing the ban.
Meta has claimed that it is reinstating Trump's accounts because the "risk" posed by Trump has "sufficiently decreased." It is not clear what "risk" Meta is referring to.
But, Meta has already warned Trump that he could face more suspensions should he violate its policies.
Trump, in response to the reinstatement, has released a statement, saying:
FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since "deplatforming" your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS OUTSTANDING, AND FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!
Trump, more recently, claimed that "Big Tech is up MASSIVELY since they put me back on the platforms."
"META UP 57%. Truth Social is hot as a pistol —People are pouring into its beautiful web at levels far greater than ever expected. It’s my VOICE!," Trump said.
The question now is whether Trump is going to return to any of these other social media platforms.
Thus far, Trump has not. Instead, he has remained on his own social media site, Truth Social.
Many, however, are encouraging Trump to use all social media platforms to reach the most voters, in light of the fact that Trump is running for the U.S. presidency in 2024.
To put things into perspective, Trump has a little under 5 million followers on Truth Social, whereas he has 34 million followers on Facebook. Similarly, Trump has nearly 88 million followers on Twitter.
With numbers like these, it would appear to be a no-brainer that Trump ought to start posting on these other platforms. But, thus far, he has not, and it remains unclear whether he ever will.