Trump returns to Facebook after 2021 ban

March 18, 2023

Former President Donald Trump just made his return to Facebook, Fox News reports

Trump did so on Friday with his first Facebook post in over two years.


In his first post back, Trump posted a video with the caption, "I'M BACK."

The 12-second video clip that Trump posted is from the victory speech that he gave on the night of the 2016 presidential election. Trump, in the video, can be seen standing at the podium, with former Vice President Mike Pence and his son Barron Trump in the background.

"Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business," Trump told those in attendance.

The backstory

As stated earlier, this was Trump's first Facebook post in over two years. Trump's last post - before the post he made on Friday night - was on Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol protest.

Trump, in fact, made several Facebook posts on Jan. 6, 2021, including one in which he wrote:

I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!

It was after the events of Jan. 6, 2021, that Facebook and other Big Tech companies used the Capitol protest as a justification for de-platforming Trump. They claimed that Trump needed to be removed in order to prevent further violence - a curious rationale considering Trump's post calling for "peace."

In January, Facebook finally decided to lift Trump's ban. Other social media sites have done the same. But, Trump's Facebook message on Friday is the first time that Trump took advantage of his reinstatement on any of these Big Tech platforms.

A change of heart?

During his social media suspension, Trump went and started his own social media site - Truth Social. Trump has been consistently posting on that site.

When the word got around that Big Tech companies were going to reinstate Trump's accounts the question became whether Trump would stick with Truth Social or whether he would go back to posting on Facebook, Twitter, and the like.

Trump insisted that he would stick with Truth Social. But, many pointed out that Trump, by doing so, would limit the audience that he is capable of reaching, particularly in light of the fact that he is running for the U.S. Presidency in 2024.

It appears that this may be a key reason why Trump has decided to return to Facebook. Trump has yet to comment on his return to Facebook. But, in January, a Trump spokesperson told Fox News that Facebook "will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters."

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
© 2015-2023 Conservative Institute. All Rights Reserved.