Former US President Donald Trump wrote his first Facebook post on Friday after being banned from the social media platform for two years.
“I’M BACK,” Trump posted along with a 12-second video that appeared to be his victory speech after winning the 2016 election, and also tried to pitch his 2024 campaign in the video.
After the 2016 video. Trump put his famous slogan “Make America Great Again” or MAGA, which became popular during his last successful presidential campaign.
Earlier in February, Metta reinstated Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Andy Stone, director of political communications at Meta, confirmed the development, NBC News reported.
The reinstatement was expected after Facebook’s president of global affairs Nick Clegg said in January that the suspension would be lifted, according to the news report. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended by Meta after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
The ban was originally announced as indefinite, covering the last two weeks of his presidency, according to the NBC News report. The ban on Trump’s account was later officially extended for two years.
As of the writing of this news article, Trump has not shared any new posts on his Facebook or Instagram accounts. His last Instagram post from January 6, 2021 promoted the Save America march where he will encourage supporters to march on the Capitol.
Sharing the post on Instagram, Trump captioned it as, “I’ll be speaking at the SAVE AMERICA rally tomorrow at the Ellipse at 11 am ET (8:30 pm IST). Get there early – doors open at 7 AM ET (4:30 PM IST). Big crowds!”
Trump’s last Facebook post before the shutdown called for people to leave the Capitol. In the Facebook post, Trump stated: “I am asking everyone in the US Capitol to remain calm. Without violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law and Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you!”
Meanwhile, on Friday, YouTube reinstated Trump’s account.
Taking to Twitter, a YouTube insider said: “As of today, Donald John Trump’s channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content. We carefully assessed the continued risk of real-world violence while balancing the chance that voters would hear equally from mainstream national candidates in the run-up to the election.”
“This channel will continue to be subject to our rules, just like any other channel on YouTube,” YouTube added.
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