Trump’s Blog Page, Launched After Social Media Bans, Shuts Down

By Mica Soellner June 07, 2021 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

Former President Donald Trump’s blog shut down Wednesday.

The page was supposed to provide the former president with a replacement platform after he lost access to his accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.

“From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” the former president’s website, was down Wednesday, and spokesman Jason Miller said it “will not be returning,” according to CNBC.

“It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Miller added. “Hoping to have more information on the broader efforts soon, but I do not have a precise awareness of timing.”

Trump’s statements are receiving just a fraction of the engagements that the former president received when he was posting on Twitter or Facebook directly and had followings of 88 million and 32 million, respectively, an analysis of social media shares showed.

Social media engagements on items posted to the replacement page totaled just over 200,000 in its first week, according to the analysis conducted on NBC’s behalf by BuzzSumo.

Trump was suspended from both platforms following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the day some of his supporters sought to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

At the time Twitter banned Trump, it said the decision was made following a “close review of recent tweets from” the president’s personal account and blog posts, adding that the suspension was “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.“

Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the platform’s decision to restrict his platform on May 5, though it said it wasn’t “appropriate” for the platform to impose the “indeterminate and standard less penalty of indefinite suspension,” and the board said it needs to complete a “review” within six months.

The platforms’ decisions were supported by Democrats and liberal activists who said Trump had been allowed to amplify disinformation and cast doubt on his 2020 presidential election loss, which is a violation of Facebook’s content moderation rules, while many Republicans and conservatives characterized the move as censorship.

Author: Mike Brest

Source: Washington Examiner: Trump’s blog page, launched after social media bans, shuts down