Has Donald Trump found a way around his social media ban?

Former US president Donald Trump remains banned from Twitter and Facebook but he might have found a way to get around the sanctions.

Mr Trump has launched a space on his website where he posts messages that can be shared by others on their own social networking pages.

The website is called From The Desk Of Donald J Trump, and a source told Reuters it was built by Campaign Nucleus, a digital services company created by Mr Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

From The Desk Of Donald J Trump
Image:The website allows people to share Donald Trump’s thoughts on their own social media pages

The content of Mr Trump’s posts so far will not surprise supporters or opponents – he repeats his false claims about voter fraud in the last presidential election, and his criticism of Republicans who have not supported him.

He calls Mitt Romney a “stone-cold loser” and Liz Cheney a “big-shot warmonger”.

Mr Trump was banned from a number of social media platforms after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January.

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Trump’s new page for social media sharing

Later today, Facebook’s oversight board will discuss whether its ban on the 74-year-old should be extended.

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Twitter has already said its ban is permanent, regardless of whether he runs for office in future, while YouTube will restore the former president’s channel when the risk of violence has decreased.

Both Facebook and Twitter said they have removed content posted from other accounts that tried to circumvent their bans on Mr Trump.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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