Former President Donald Trump.
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- Trump’s campaign plans to leverage House Republicans’ power to get his Facebook account reinstated early, according to NBC News.
- A Trump campaign adviser told NBC News that “keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political.”
- Trump was suspended after the Capitol riot two years ago, with Facebook planning to review his suspension this year.
Donald Trump’s campaign is hoping to use House Republicans’ newfound power to push Meta — Facebook’s parent company — to reinstate the former President’s Facebook account early, according to NBC News.
Trump was originally suspended indefinitely after the Capitol riot two years ago, but the company later changed the suspension to just two years under the condition that the “risk to public safety has receded.”
Nick Clegg, the president of global affairs at Meta, wrote in June 2021 that once Trump’s suspension has been lifted, “there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in the future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.”
Following his suspension in 2021, Trump lashed out at the company, accusing them of “censoring and silencing” him. He told the New York Times in a statement that the ruling was “an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election.”
Trump was also formerly banned from Twitter, but new owner Elon Musk reinstated his account on November 19, 2022. The former president has yet to tweet, sticking to his Truth Social platform.
A Trump adviser told NBC News that they plan to use House Republicans to pressure Meta into letting him access his account if Meta doesn’t reinstate him.
“If Facebook wants to have this fight, fine, but the House is leverage, and keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political,” the adviser told NBC News.
Last week, four Democratic legislators, Reps. Adam Schiff, Sheldon Whitehouse, André Carson, and Kathy Castor wrote to Clegg at Meta, asking the company to prolong Trump’s suspension.
“We write to urge Meta to maintain its commitment to keeping dangerous and unfounded election denial content off its platform,” the lawmakers wrote. “To that end, we also urge Meta and its leadership to continue the suspension of former president Donald Trump’s Facebook account beyond January, and to carefully monitor and counter the spread of harmful election misinformation, including the Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election, on Facebook.”