Politics Trump launches 'From the desk of Donald J. Trump' as potential Facebook ban looms
Fact check: A viral image of restaurant diners does not depict the Facebook content policy team
A post falsely claims to show the Facebook team that sets the platform's rules. The image has been shared many times claiming to show various groups.“Facebook community standards team,” it claims. “This is literally who bans us.
WASHINGTON – As Facebook decides whether to lift its ban on Donald Trump, the former president unveiled a new website Tuesday designed to communicate to his followers without interacting with them.
"From the desk of Donald J. Trump" went operational more than fours months afterbanned him for lies about the general election that helped trigger the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
The website, which includes written statements the ex-president has issued since leaving office Jan. 20, includes a camera feature that Trump can use to make video statements.
Donald Trump Will Not Be Allowed Back on Facebook Yet—But a Bigger Showdown Is Coming
The decision by Facebook's handpicked Oversight Board opens the door for Trump to return to social mediaFacebook banned Trump indefinitely following his Jan. 6 incitement of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol building as lawmakers voted to finalize the results of the 2020 U.S. election, which he lost.
"Straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump," said a 30-second video posted on the site that included references to his banning from social media.
The new Trump website,, surfaced a day before Facebook's Oversight Board is scheduled to announce a decision on whether to keep the ex-president off Facebook and Instagram.
The Trump Decision Turned Content Moderation Into Shark Week
This is new, and this is bizarre.Okay, and no surprise. What might be surprising, if you haven’t been tuned in to content-moderation chatter for the past 10 years, is how much of an event this has become. Never before has a blog post about an account suspension been plausibly described as “anticipated.” The board’s announcement was preceded by a week of “what to expect” coverage in national outlets (CNN had live updates!), as well as months of feature-length reporting about the creation, motivation, limitations, and generally futuristic—or dystopian, depending on who you ask—vibe of something nicknamed the “Supreme Court” of a social-media site.
that Trump has pledged to create; there is no way for viewers to interact or respond to the Trump messages that are posted on the new website.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said on Twitter that the new website is "a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office," but added "this is not a new social media platform. We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future."
Others offered a different description of the venture that allows Trump to post comments, images, and videos.
"It’s basically a blog," tweeted pollster Frank Luntz.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
Trump's political future could be hurt by Facebook ban .
Facebook’s decision on Wednesday to keep former President Donald Trump banned from posting on the platform could have significant implications for his political future. © Provided by Washington Examiner Trump has repeatedly teased a potential presidential run in 2024, saying as recently as Tuesday that his supporters would be “very, very happy” when he makes a “certain announcement” regarding the race.