Donald Trump plans to Make Facebook Great Again as the former president has submitted an appeal to return to Facebook and their related social network Instagram. He was banned from the platforms in January following the US Capitol building riots.
According to Facebook, Trump’s appeal has been sent to an oversight board for handling. The outside team consists of non-Facebook employees, including journalists, scholars, and former political leaders.
The oversight team has up to 90 days to rule on the case. However, in an interview of team co-chair and Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on UK TV, he noted, “It’s a very high-profile case, but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place.” They hope to decide much sooner, pending time for board members to coordinate.
In January, Facebook reported, “We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great… Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
In addition, Trump was suspended or removed from Twitch, Snapchat, YouTube, and a variety of other platforms, including an indefinite suspension from his popular Twitter handle. The former president has indicated he does not plan to seek reinstatement on Twitter.
What will Facebook and its oversight board decide? While nothing would surprise conservative Americans at this point, it’s likely Trump would be offered reinstatement with certain regulations. Trump and his team will then have to decide whether they are willing to abide within the guidelines required by the Big Tech giant.
With the inauguration of Joe Biden completed, many progressives will believe the alleged danger of Donald Trump communicating on social media has ended. In a sense, that would be correct, but not completely.
Trump is up to something. Since his acquittal at the second Senate impeachment trial, the former president has begun to slowly operate again. From his Florida estate, Trump’s visitors and calls include an All Star conservative cast of American leaders ready for action.
As efforts accelerate toward the 2022 midterm elections, we can expect to see some interesting actions. First, Trump has clearly indicated he does not plan to support a third party. He knows this would divide conservatives and hand Democrats future victories.
Instead, he’s targeting House and Senate races he can help flip from blue to red in 2022. In addition, expect to see some of the Congress members and Senators who supported impeachment to face a Trump-supporting primary contender. If all goes in the right direction, Republicans will make gains in the House and possibly take control in 2022.
However, also expect conservatives to fight like mad over voter integrity issues. The same mail-in ballot scams and voting software “glitches” that caused havoc in 2020 will remain top priority.
Yes, Trump wants back on Facebook and Instagram. If successful, he may play by their rules, but he will certainly use the platforms to bring his America First priorities to action in the days ahead.