A Twitter spokesperson told POLITICO in a statement on Tuesday that sharing of content from Trump’s new site – “From Donald J. Trump’s office” – is generally “allowed as long as the material does not violate the rules. from Twitter ”.
But, the spokesperson said, sharing posts on the site will violate Twitter’s anti-breakout ban rules if users attempt to impersonate Trump’s account and their “only intention is to replace a suspended account. “. A Facebook spokesperson did not return a request for comment on how the platform will treat users sharing Trump’s blog posts on its site. But both sides may soon have to make appeals on articles from the blog that test its policy against circumventing suspensions.
After Trump’s personal account was permanently banned from Twitter on January 8, the company subsequently launched its campaign Twitter account to post identical messages to those posted by Trump’s personal account. He also deleted a series of tweets posted by the official White House account that also reflected Trump’s posts.
Facebook separately deleted in March a video posted by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump that contained the voice of the former president, according to reports, an action she said she had taken “in accordance with the blocking placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.”
The launch of Trump’s new blog comes a day before Facebook’s supervisory board decides whether his account should be reinstated.
The new blog is nothing close to the reach of Facebook, the 2.7 billion-member social network that suspended its account indefinitely after a crowd of its supporters raged on Capitol Hill on January 6. new social media network that Trump and his advisers have been teasing for months.
Still, it is a limited step in allowing the former president to broadcast his thoughts and opinions directly to his supporters. His posts so far include 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 securely ”- although the site does not allow readers to respond or communicate with each other.
A senior Trump adviser said the portal was just the start of its comeback.
“President Trump’s website is a great resource for finding his latest statements and highlights from his first term, but it’s not a new social media platform,” Jason Miller tweeted, a long-time advisor. “We will have more information coming up on this front in the very near future. “
The launch comes as Trump faces the prospect of being muzzled again by a major tech platform on Wednesday morning, as Facebook’s supervisory board is set to decide whether the company should reestablish its account or can keep it out. of the site for good.
Facebook’s move could be a blow to Trump’s ability to communicate with his followers, or it could strengthen his grip on the GOP by expanding its reach after spending months in relative digital isolation. The move is also expected to trickle down to social media, where Trump has for years tested the limits of what is allowed by posting inflammatory remarks and misleading or false statements. Platforms like Twitter and YouTube have also banned him from posting in the wake of the January 6 assault.
But now he has his own platform, which appears on the same long-standing website – DonaldJTrump.com – that he uses to fundraise and sell MAGA gear.
The posts that appear on the new site so far appear largely to be a collection of press releases that it has issued in recent days through its other channels, including its Save America PAC.
At the top of the page is a 30-second launch video about the project. “In a time of silence and lies, a beacon of freedom emerges, a place to speak freely and safely, directly from Donald J. Trump’s office,” reads the text displayed on the clip.
Visitors can “like” Trump’s posts, as well as repost them to Facebook and Twitter, although this does not appear to allow users to comment or interact with the posts.
As such, they are much closer to the blogs or earlier press release collections that many politicians have long had on their official websites than a true platform rivaling the tech giants Trump and his allies. frequently denounce.
Conservatives have argued that social media companies are biased against them, an accusation the companies deny, and have tried to implement several alternatives that they say are more supportive of free speech. Trump has also discussed joining alternative platforms popular among conservatives, such as Speak, according to reports.
The portal has been widely visited online by people in the tech industry.
“He’s launching a blog… Revolutionary,” Nu Wexler joked., former head of communications at Google, Facebook and Twitter.
Alex Stamos, former Facebook security chief, tweeted a meme poking fun at the movement who said, “You don’t need a content policy if your platform doesn’t have content. “
Trump recently began to step up his public presence, both in terms of statements made by his office and the number of interviews he gave to sympathetic conservative media. And her allies are stepping up another attempt to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) – who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 riots and who remains fiercely critical of the GOP flagship – from her Republican leadership position in the House.
The former president has vowed to remain a power broker within the Republican Party and has not ruled out a third presidential election, a departure from other recent presidents who typically step down from politics after their stint in the White House.
Fox News first reported on Trump’s business, describing it as “a communications platform.”