Facebook still bans Donald Trump – for now – despite presidential campaign – Orange County Register

Donald Trump may run for President, but he still can’t use Facebook.

The social media platform has no plans to restore Trump’s account following the former president’s announcement that he is seeking a second term in the White House, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Trump was kicked off Facebook after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

However, Trump may not have to wait long to get back on the site. His suspension from Facebook is set to be reconsidered in January, two years after it was first imposed.

There will be one change immediately: as a candidate, Trump will no longer be subjected to Facebook fact checks. That’s because under Facebook’s rules, comments from elected officials and candidates for office are not subject to fact-checking on its site. The Associated Press participates in Facebook’s independent fact-checking program.

Throughout his tenure as president, Trump’s use of social media posed a significant challenge for major social media platforms, which sought to balance the public’s need to hear from their elected leaders with concerns about misinformation, harassment and inciting violence in to reconcile.

After the Jan. 6 riots, Trump was also kicked off Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook parent company Meta. Trump’s ability to post videos on his YouTube channel has been suspended.

YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said Wednesday the company had no plans to lift the suspension.

Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, said he disagreed with the platform’s decision to ban Trump following the Jan. 6 attack. Musk said no announcement about recovering banned users will be made until a content moderation council reviews the issue

Twitter did not respond to questions about whether Trump’s candidacy will affect the decision. Since his suspension, Trump has launched his own social media platform, TruthSocial, and said he has no plans to rejoin Twitter if allowed.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/17/facebook-still-banning-donald-trump-for-now-despite-campaign-for-president/ Facebook still bans Donald Trump – for now – despite presidential campaign – Orange County Register

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