(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – The 2024 presidential campaign of former President Donald Trump has officially asked Meta to allow him to resume using his Facebook account that was suspended because of the January 6, 2021, events at the US Capitol, according to a report.
While Trump was still in office in January 2021, Facebook followed Twitter in banning him indefinitely from its platform over accusations that his claims about the 2020 election being stolen led his supporters to storm the Capitol building.
Facebook’s Oversight Board later criticized the decision to ban him. Thus, it was changed to a two-year suspension.
Trump announced his 2024 presidential candidacy in November, a week after the 2022 midterm election. His campaign has now petitioned Facebook’s parent, Meta, to restore his account, NBC News reported, as cited by Newsmax.
“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” the campaign wrote in its letter to Meta, which was sent on Tuesday.
The petition does not threaten a lawsuit but instead dwells on the importance of allowing free speech on the Facebook platform.
It asked Meta to agree to a “meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”
A spokesperson for Facebook’s parent company refused an NBC News request to comment on the petition.
“[We] will announce a decision in the coming weeks in line with the process we laid out,” the spokesperson said.
The request to be allowed back on Facebook comes less than weeks before Trump’s first 2024 presidential campaign event, The Daily Mail noted.
Trump’s January 6 ban on Twitter, another top social media platform, formerly his favorite, was reversed by billionaire Elon Musk after the latter bought the company for $44 billion in October.
Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter profile on November 19 after holding a Twitter users poll.
However, two months later, the 45th president of the United States has not resumed using it.
Instead, Trump has been posting statements and comments on his profile on his own social media platform, Truth Social, where he has 4.82 million followers.
However, his Twitter profile still has over 87 million followers.
“Trump is probably coming back to Twitter. It’s just a question of how and when,” one Republican source was quoted as saying.
“He’s been talking about it for weeks, but Trump speaks for Trump, so it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do or say or when,” the source told NBC News.
The report also cited another “Trump confidant” who revealed that the former president had been asking his aides for weeks for ideas on how to come back to Twitter.
As a result, his campaign advisers offered various suggestions on his first post-reinstatement tweet.
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