“What Facebook, Twitter, Google have done is a total disgrace and embarrassment to our country,” Trump wrote. “Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth.”
Trump went on to call for “corrupt social media companies” to “pay a political price” and “never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”
JUST IN – Trump on Facebook, Twitter, and Google. pic.twitter.com/oawtoVV7aM
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 5, 2021
Trump was banned from major social media platforms following the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 that left five dead, including one police officer. The platforms accused him of potential incitement of violence at the time. On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board announced they were upholding the Facebook ban shortly before Trump released his latest statement.
While the Board determined Trump’s ban from Instagram and Facebook were justified based on concerns his posts could trigger violence, they did criticize the vague and indefinite nature of the ban, giving Facebook six months to determine a more-defined penalty.
Republican lawmakers blasted the Board’s decision, with many using the ban to underscore arguments that Big Tech companies have too much power over regulating free speech.
This is a dangerous and reckless decision and sends a clear signal to conservatives using social media—you’re not welcome here.
If Facebook is so big it thinks it can silence the leaders you elect, it’s time for conservatives to pursue an antitrust agenda. https://t.co/yrUXIap3r3
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) May 5, 2021
For every liberal celebrating Trump’s social media ban, if the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what’s to stop them from silencing you? https://t.co/Yky4P0B38X
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 5, 2021
On Tuesday, Trump launched a page on his campaign website modeled after his former Twitter profile where he will post direct messages from his “desk.”
Trump posted his message to Big Tech onto that page, as well as statements taking shots at Republicans like Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell.