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Trump Pressures Zuckerberg to Address Account Freezeout

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Former President Trump appears ready to rejoin social media.

According to NBC News, Trump’s campaign is formally petitioning Facebook parent company META to unblock his accounts.

Facebook and Twitter banned Trump a day after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers certified Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Facebook ultimately decided to institute a limited ban on Trump that would come up for review after two years, starting Jan. 7 of this year.

“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” Trump’s campaign wrote in its letter to Meta on Tuesday, according to a copy reviewed by NBC News.

Trump’s campaign didn’t threaten a lawsuit, as some sources close to Trump thought he would. It instead talked about the importance of free speech and petitioned Meta for a “meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”

A Meta spokesperson declined to comment about Trump beyond saying the company “will announce a decision in the coming weeks in line with the process we laid out.”

According to a Trump adviser, who has spoken with him about Facebook and shared the gist of the private conversation with NBC News on condition of anonymity, explained that his campaign is cautiously optimistic Facebook will ultimately honor the two-year ban. However, the source noted the campaign is prepared to engage with House Republicans to advocate on Trump’s behalf and pressure Meta. The adviser said Congress is likely to examine Section 230 of the federal law affecting social media companies.

“If Facebook wants to have this fight, fine, but the House is leverage, and keeping Trump off Facebook just looks political,” the adviser said, noting that House Democrats like Adam Schiff of California told Facebook last month to keep Trump off the platform.

4 COMMENTS

  1. If I were Trump, I’d get Zuck to reinstate my account and then I wouldn’t use it for anything except to urge people to go to Truth Social to ‘Make America Great Again.’

  2. We need to stop “Big Tech” from ever trying to take our “FIRST AMENDMENT FREE SPEECH AGAIN” Cause FB was political and I don’t care if you changed your name to META cause you got a bad rep for doing so. I say take away Zuck’s 230! Period.

  3. Social Media Companies do nothing for the average citizen out here in hinterland. Why should we be concerned with Facebook. I mean, seriously, who gives a damn about FB. There are more of us not using Facebook…than using Facebook. I have a Masters Degree…and I would not lower my level of intelligence to be a member of this disgusting, illiterate farce….and why is Trump lowering his being to beg back on. EVERYONE WHO LOVES TRUMP AND WILL VOTE FOR TRUMP DOES NOT NEED VOICE(s) from FB to tell us to or not !!!!!!!!!!

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