News broke not so long ago that Donald Trump will not be allowed back on Facebook or Instagram and his ban is here to stay... for now. But that hasn't stopped him from trying to work his way back into the world of social media.
Trump made a new Twitter account with a fresh handle, but the platform soon caught wind and suspended the former President. We have to admit, it was a nice try...
And now? He's asked a judge to restore his account...
Here's the full story...
Now, for many people, Trump's social media suspension was a long-time coming.
Following his 2020 election loss, Trump had been using his various platforms to passionately dispute the result and fuel his election fraud theories with gusto.
Many of his claims regarding this supposed election fraud had to be flagged by the platforms he was using...
But, otherwise, he was allowed to continue in his protesting.
However, following the events of January 6th, efforts to silence the scorned former president were doubled down.
Just a day on from the devastating riots at Captiol Hill, in which hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the prestigious building, Facebook's vice president, Nick Clegg, announced that Trump's account would be suspended indefinitely.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said at the time that "the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service... are simply too great."
"We believe our decision was necessary and right," Clegg said in a statement. "Given its significance, we think it is important for the board to review it and reach an independent judgment on whether it should be upheld."
Twitter quickly followed suit.
Trump was initially locked out of his Twitter account for twelve hours after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol "patriots."
Twitter warned then that it would ban Trump "permanently" if he breached the platform's rules again.
But, after being allowed back on the site, Trump posted 2 tweets that the company cited as the final straws. In one, he wrote:
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!!!"
In the second, he informed his followers that he would be breaking tradition by not attending Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.
Twitter said this tweet "is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an 'orderly transition'".
Following this news, a number of other social media platforms quickly announced their own bans for Trump...
Including Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitch, and Reddit.
For the first time in twelve years, Trump found himself without any online platform to vent and rant onto.
It's been a peaceful 4 months without any inflammatory, caps-locked Tweets, to say the least!
Many have been enjoying Trump's online absence...
Is it just me, or is it GLORIOUS that Trump is no longer on Twitter or other social media? He is NOT missed!😅— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD) 1613523393.0
And have found scrolling through Twitter without his constant rants quite refreshing.
However, others have slammed Trump's wide-spread ban as a "disgrace"...
And have insisted that his censorship is a breach of his freedom of speech.
But, as the debate rages on, Trump has revealed his plans to make an online comeback...
Because, clearly, over 4 months offline is more than enough.
Speaking in his first post-presidency interview on Newsmax earlier this year, his new favorite media outlet...
Trump made various claims about the impact his absence has had on the platforms.
"I'll tell you it's not the same when you look at what's going on with Twitter, I understand it's become very boring, and millions of people are leaving."
"They are leaving it because it's not the same. And I can understand that."
Whatever helps you sleep at night, Don.
He also stressed that he intentionally remained quiet during the first few weeks of Biden's administration.
Trump explained that he "really wanted to be somewhat quiet" as the Biden administration gets going.
"It hasn't been that quiet, frankly, but I wanted to be somewhat quiet."
But then, he moved on to discuss the future he has on social media.
The interviewer asked whether he would want to move to Parler, the "free speech" social media app, to which Trump explained he was keen but cautious that "mechanically they can't handle" the amount of traffic that would happen if he joined.
So, the solution?
Well, he'd like to create his own social media platform, of course.
The former president toyed with the idea in the interview, explaining that a Trump-branded social-media platform to reach the millions of Republican voters with whom he is still extremely popular definitely isn't out of the question.
"There is also the other option of building your own site because we have more people than anybody. You can literally build your own site."
Of course, many simply shrugged off Trump's wild ideas...
But it seems as if they're soon going to be a reality.
Jason Miller, a spokesperson for Trump's 2020 campaign, has confirmed Trump's very own platform.
"I do think that we're going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about 2 or 3 months here with his own platform," he said to Fox News, as per LadBible.
"This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media. It's going to completely redefine the game, and everybody's going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does, but it will be his own platform."
Well, it seems as if the former POTUS will be desperately relying upon his upcoming platform...
Because, yesterday, it was confirmed that his ban from Facebook and Instagram is here to stay.
The Independent reported that Trump will not be allowed back on Facebook or Instagram, and his ban will stay in place... for now.
The decision by Facebook's "Oversight Board" means it will not have to reverse the indefinite suspension that went into effect after the Capitol Riots.
But the committee did say that Facebook had acted inappropriately in the way it enacted the ban and instructed the company to undertake a review into how the ban was determined.
It said that Facebook's own policies did not permit the kind of suspension that had happened to Trump.
While people can be banned permanently, users should know whether that is the case, the Oversight Board said, and Trump should know why and for how long he has been banned.
As such, Trump could still be allowed back on the site after a review by Facebook itself, the Oversight Board suggested.
Twitter, however, is a different story altogether...
As previously mentioned, the former President is currently banned from the platform.
But, on Tuesday, Trump created a new account.
And by Wednesday evening, it was suspended.
A spokesperson for Twitter told Forbes: "As stated in our ban evasion policy, we'll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account."
So what was Trump's new account? Did he use an alias? Is the former President a catfish?
Well, not quite...
Trump's new website, 'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump' went live on Tuesday.
And as did its accompanying Twitter handle, @DJTDesk...
And after the account was taken down, Trump released a statement:
"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before," Trump said on Wednesday.
We have to admit, it was a nice try.
But Twitter seems pretty firm in its stance on the former POTUS.
The latest news?
This won’t work. https://t.co/R9EcNIZGTx— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) October 2, 2021
Trump is so desperate to get his social media back that he's even got a judge involved.
Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to ask them to restore his account.
Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the social media company was 'coerced' by members of the U.S. Congress to suspend his account.
So far Twitter haven't made a comment.
Do you support Donald Trump's Twitter come back pic.twitter.com/pDxIcq27UF— Erick Ke. (@ErickKe5) October 3, 2021
Trump's lawyers however have saying:
[Twitter] exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate.
Will anything happen?
Former President Donald Trump wants a federal judge to force Twitter to restore his account, which the company suspended in January following the Capitol riot. https://t.co/VsnlWhGpdP— The Associated Press (@AP) October 2, 2021
Honestly, probably not - but only time will tell.