If you have the money, when you get banned on social media, you just launch your own social media platform. That’s what former President Donald Trump reportedly plans to do.
An advisor to Donald Trump told Fox News this weekend the former president plans to launch a new social media platform in the next two to three months.
If you have the resources, that’s exactly what you do when you find yourself banned from traditional social media.
Twitter and Facebook banned the former president after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The violent riot happened the same day Congress was set to certify the Electoral College’s election of Joe Biden as president.
Even Snapchat banned Trump. (I didn’t realize Trump was even on Snapchat. But I don’t think I’m that service’s target audience. He isn’t, either.)
Twitter permanently bans Trump
Twitter announced it would permanently ban Trump from its platform on Jan. 8, two days after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. To this day, Trump’s former Twitter account shows a suspension message.
On its blog, it explained a pair of tweets Trump’s account posted that day served as the final straw.
The first stated: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
The second read: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter explained its assessment found the first tweet belied Trump’s earlier claims there would be an “orderly transition of power” on Inauguration Day. (Power did transition in an orderly manner, of course, but they made this decision 12 days before that day.) Twitter said you could interpret the second as a signal inauguration events would be a safe target since Trump wouldn’t attend.
Twitter said it looked at the tweets against Twitter’s “Glorification of Violence Policy,” and felt, essentially, enough was enough.
Facebook’s ban might not be permanent
Facebook also shut down the former president’s account “indefinitely,” although it’s not clear how indefinite that might be.
Mark Zuckerberg posted a message on Jan. 7 about the decision.
“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence,” he wrote in part.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” he concluded.
Zuckerberg said he would refer the decision to Facebook’s oversight board. The board could review the decision to ban Trump and possibly reverse it. The Washington Post reported on that on Jan. 21. It doesn’t appear they’ve made a decision yet.
Trump platform will be ‘hottest ticket,’ advisor says
Meanwhile, Fox News reported Jason Miller said Trump’s new social media platform will “completely redefine the game.”
We don’t know what they’ll call the new platform. We also don’t know if it will feel more like Twitter or Facebook. I’m guessing it will feel “Twitterish,” since Trump seemed to spend a good deal of time there.
But he said it will be the “hottest ticket” in social media. He told Fox News he expects Trump’s platform to attract “tens of millions of people.”
That would not surprise me.
Those among his supporters who use social media will not miss the chance. Those who oppose him — or, at the very least, his style of communication — will likely also join just to monitor.
Whether you think Trump inspired the chaos at the Capitol in any way probably depends on your political persuasion.
But whether he did or not, we can all hope for a sense of responsibility with words.
Creating your own social media platform might remove overseers who’ll edit or block you if you break their rules. But it won’t prevent your words from potentially inspiring others to do good things or bad things.
All of us, whether we have 100 followers or 100 million, need to think before we speak.