Loyalist Trump Contemplates Abandoning Social Media Platform
The campaign team for ex-President Trump has reportedly asked Meta to unban his Facebook after it was suspended in the wake of the Capitol Hill uprising. Does this mean Trump will abandon his own company to achieve the ultimate power of President of the United States?
The rolling six-month contract between Donald Trump and Digital World Acquisitions Corp. is set to expire in June, and according to sources who spoke with Rolling Stone, Trump does not intend to renew the agreement. Trump wants to use all social media channels for his presidential campaign in 2024.
Donald Trump and his 2024 campaign are preparing for his big, theatrical return to major social media platforms in the months leading up to what is expected to be a vicious Republican presidential primary. Trump has been telling close associates that he is ready to screw down one of his own companies in order to make a comeback in the business world.
Recently discovered filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveal that the former US President is currently subject to a "social media exclusivity" clause that requires him to post "any and all social media communications" to Truth Social for six hours before posting to rival platforms.
Donald Trump and his campaign for the presidency in 2024 are preparing the framework for Trump's grand and bombastic return to major social media platforms in the months leading up to what is certain to be a rough primary for the Republican nomination for president. However, a return to such a position would unavoidably include Trump causing harm to one of his own businesses, and he has been assuring his closest associates that he is ready to take such action.
Recently unearthed filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveal that the former President of the United States is currently bound by a "social media exclusivity" clause that requires him to post "any and all social media communications" to Truth Social for a period of six hours before posting to competing platforms. The clause stipulates that he must post "any and all social media communications" to Truth Social.
According to two sources familiar with the situation who spoke to Rolling Stone about the matter, former President Donald Trump has been telling various people close to him since the latter half of the previous year that he does not want to re-up the exclusivity agreement with his social media company, Truth Social. One of the individuals remembers Trump saying something like "There's not going to be a need for it," when referring to the soon-to-expire contractual duty.
This condition has a period of 18 months, and it will expire in June, which is also when the Republican primary is likely to start heating up. After then, Trump's term of exclusivity would be automatically renewed for subsequent periods of six months "unless notification is provided." Trump would still be "obliged to post contemporaneously to Truth Social" in the event that the duration of his exclusive agreement came to an end.
According to the second source, the individual said there is a time limit and did not want to make any promises.
When asked whether Trump planned to continue to make Truth Social his exclusive social media home, a representative for the company directed Rolling Stone to a recent appearance by TMTG CEO Devin Nunes on Newsmax. In that interview, Nunes, a former congressman from California, stated that Trump "has no interest in going back to Twitter."
Others, of course, have the opposite opinion. On Sunday, a source close to Trump who has recently discussed Twitter with the former president told Rolling Stone: "There is no way [Nunes' remark] is real." [This person] was quoted in Rolling Stone.
Trump's arrangement with the corporation gives him more latitude to campaign for his potential 2024 candidacy, regardless of what happens with the exclusivity period the company has granted him. According to the documents filed with the SEC, his agreement exempts postings as long as the material "clearly related to a political message, political fundraising, or get-out-the-vote operations
The recent accounts of Trump's growing restlessness with his own platform come at a time when the former president, who was once exiled from mainstream social media for inciting a deadly insurrection, could return to some of those platforms.
Mr. Trump was given a "permanent ban" on Twitter on January 8, 2021, which was two days after his followers invaded the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC.
The last tweet that Donald Trump sent before the travel restriction was, "To all of those who have inquired, I will not be traveling to the Inauguration on January 20th."
Twitter determined that this tweet, along with another tweet calling for his voters to "not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form," violated its 'Glorification of Violence' policy. Both tweets called for his voters to "not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form."
The accounts of Trump's growing restlessness with his own platform come at a time when the former president could return to some of those platforms. In November, Twitter, which right-wing billionaire Elon Musk now controls, offered to reactivate President Trump's account; however, Trump declined and declared that he would continue to use Truth Social.
Despite having more than 85 million followers on Twitter, Mr. Trump said shortly after the poll taken by Musk that he had no interest in going back there. He said, "I don't see any reason for it.
Behind the scenes, the Trump team has been putting pressure on Facebook to lift the indefinite ban that was placed on his account following the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Rolling Stone was pointed by a spokeswoman for Meta to the company's statement, which was issued before the Trump campaign filed its request for reinstatement. In that statement, Meta said that it will make a decision "in the coming weeks in keeping with the methodology we set out." The remark, which was delivered at the beginning of January, gives the impression that a decision about the account may be published in the not-too-distant future.
In a ruling from May 2021, Meta's independent Oversight Board upheld the company's decision to restrict his account, but it called the undefined period of suspension it gave Trump "arbitrary." The company's rules call for time-bound or permanent suspension for severe violations, so the Oversight Board asked company officials to reassess the decision.
Suppose the administrators of Meta decide to revive his account. In that case, Donald Trump will be subject to a moderation procedure that will include new reviewers who may have more stringent standards than those that existed while he was in office.
If Trump were to return to Facebook, his posts would be subjected to a second layer of scrutiny by Facebook's independent Oversight Board, which would then be in a position to feel more emboldened to enforce the company's rules against the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Previously, users were the only ones who could appeal decisions to delete information made by the corporation. However, in April 2021, the board's authority was broadened to enable other parties to appeal content "which they believe should be taken from Facebook or Instagram."
According to a story from NBC News that was published on Wednesday, Trump has started asking his allies for their opinions on a possible return to Twitter and ideas for a debut tweet. This information was provided to Rolling Stone by people who claim to have knowledge of the situation. One of these individuals said President Trump had been quietly mulling over potential subjects for his first volley of new tweets over the last several weeks. These potential topics include tweets denigrating President Joe Biden and others comparing him to Superman. According to people who have knowledge of the situation, some of these ideas that Trump has personally discussed include a tweet that features a slickly made, WWE-style campaign video about the former president returning to the platform and then to the White House.
However, other proposals have suggested plucking at the wounds left by the assault that occurred on January 6. One source who is familiar with the situation claims that President Trump and some of his closest allies have already discussed the possibility of him tweeting that, despite the fact that Big Tech attempted to "silence" him over his lies about a "rigged election," he is now back to make "the Left" miserable.