According to a report from NBC News on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump has “officially” petitioned Meta to reinstate access to his Facebook account after it was revoked in the wake of the violence that occurred on January 6, 2021 in the Capitol.
According to a copy of the letter that Trump’s campaign sent to Meta on Tuesday, “We think that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has severely distorted and impeded the public conversation,” the campaign stated. NBC News was able to receive a copy of the letter.
According to NBC News, advisers also requested a meeting in which they could discuss President Trump’s “rapid readmission to the platform.”
According to a statement that was provided to NBC News by a spokesperson for Meta, the firm “will announce a decision in the coming weeks in keeping with the procedure we laid out.” At the time, Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, stated that Facebook’s ban on Trump’s account following the riots was only intended to last for a period of two years.
After that period of time, the company and “experts” would “assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” Clegg said. Meanwhile, it appears that team Trump is making preparations for the eventual return of the former president to Twitter, where he was just just unblocked after Elon Musk reversed his decision to permanently suspend him following the riot.
“It’s likely that Trump will return to using Twitter. It’s only a matter of when and how, at this point “NBC News cited one Republican source who was familiar with the situation as saying this. “He has been talking about it for weeks, but Trump talks for Trump, so it is anyone’s guess what he will do or say or when he will say it,”
According to another source, Trump’s advisers have been meeting to discuss potential tweets for the president’s initial response. However, any return plans are at least slightly complicated by the existence of Truth Social, which is a competitor social media company owned by the president. This is because the president may be required to afford the platform some degree of exclusivity in order to maintain his position as head of the company.
According to the president’s campaign, the continuation of the restriction on Facebook would constitute a “deliberate effort by a private firm to stifle Mr. Trump’s political voice.” This was stated in the letter that was sent out on Tuesday. Furthermore, “every single day that President Trump’s political voice is prevented from being heard furthers an inappropriate meddling in the political and election process in the United States.”
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