Former President Donald Trump will likely get back on social media sometime this spring, though he may also be on different platforms than he was before, an adviser said this week.
“I do think we’re probably not that far off from seeing President Trump return to social media,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller said during a Mediaite podcast.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all banned Trump after the Capitol riot on January 6, saying that the risk of further violence was too great.
Facebook, YouTube may readmit Trump
Twitter said its bans were always permanent and it would not make an exception for Trump, even if he were elected president again. However, Facebook and YouTube said that they were considering reinstating Trump’s accounts at some future point.
Miller said he wouldn’t rule out a Trump return to Facebook or YouTube, but that he was leaning more toward a new platform.
“I would expect that by the end of spring, we will see President Trump back on social media, and I think it’ll be in some new platforms that maybe you haven’t seen before,” Miller repeated later in the broadcast.
He added, “It will be a tectonic plate shift in the world of social media because anything that he touches is going to be big. So I think there’s going to be some excitement on that front.”
Sources had previously said Trump might create his own social media platform after he rejected an offer for an ownership stake in Parler while he was still president.
Trump depended on Twitter as an integral part of his messaging and, by his own admission, spent a significant amount of time posting to the platform.
Social media — ally or opponent?
But social media also hurt Trump by censoring stories that could hurt Joe Biden’s candidacy while boosting stories detrimental to Trump.
If not for that censorship, voters in one poll said they would have easily re-elected Trump.
A new, free speech-committed social media platform may be Trump’s best chance to get a fair hearing and build a system that won’t shut conservatives down to gain an electoral advantage.
If anyone can force liberals to play fair, it’s Trump.