Former presidents often start charities once they’re out of the White House to keep themselves busy and find a sense of purpose. Donald Trump has started a personal postpresidential blog.
Months after getting barred from Twitter and Facebook for repeatedly disseminating lies about the 2020 election and inciting a riot at the Capitol, the former commander in chief on Tuesday unveiled a new website that will allow him to communicate directly with his supporters from a blog called From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.
Users can take the statements, images, or videos Trump posts to the website and share them on Twitter and Facebook.
“This is just a one-way communication,” a source familiar with the new blog told Fox News. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers.”
The launch of the new website came after reports that Trump was planning to launch his own social-media platform.
For years both before and during his presidency, Trump took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on just about every issue under the sun.
Trump’s use of Twitter while in the White House was controversial. His tweets had major consequences — they moved markets, raised fears of nuclear war, and helped sway the confidence of millions of Americans in the integrity of the 2020 election.
Trump largely used Twitter to attack opponents and critics, including world leaders and members of his own party. His behavior on social media raised new questions about whether tech companies should take more steps to police the language of world leaders, particularly those who spread false information with the capacity to stoke violence. Trump, among other leading right-wing figures, has frequently accused social-media companies of harboring bias against conservatives.
Since he left the White House and lost his social-media megaphone, Trump has frequently released public statements akin to his tweets as a means of getting around these bans. The new blog launched Tuesday is another effort from the former president to circumvent the social-media giants, and it gathers the statements in a single place.
Though Trump’s ban from Twitter was immediately permanent, his ban from Facebook is still indefinite. Facebook’s independent Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld the indefinite ban, but also said the company must review its decision in six months.
“The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7 to suspend then-President Trump from Facebook and Instagram. Trump’s posts during the Capitol riot severely violated Facebook’s rules and encouraged and legitimized violence,” the Oversight Board said in a tweet.
But the board also found Facebook “violated its own rules by imposing a suspension that was ‘indefinite,'” given this penalty is “not described” in the company’s content policies.
“It has no clear criteria and gives Facebook total discretion on when to impose or lift it,” the board said, adding that the company “cannot make up the rules as it goes, and anyone concerned about its power should be concerned about allowing this.”