Donald Trump has announced his candidacy for the 2024 election (Reuters)
Former US President Donald Trump's lawyers petitioned the Meta company (Facebook) to allow his access to the social networks after they were blocked two years ago following the attack on the Capitol - this was reported today (Wednesday) in the Guardian.
The request, according to reports, came to allow Trump to conduct his presidential election campaign in 2024 also on these networks since he wants to raise it to a higher gear.
The former president was removed from the social network Facebook more than two years ago, after his followers attacked the US Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to sabotage the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. Trump used his Twitter account to encourage supporters to gather near the Capitol. In a speech before the attack , he called on supporters to “fight like hell.” He then went on to use Twitter to criticize his Vice President, Mike Pence, for not stopping the ordination while the attack was underway.
Facebook and Twitter banned Trump a day after the January 6 attack, which was linked to nine deaths including suicides among law enforcement officers.
In a letter he wrote to Meta and obtained today by NBC News, Trump's advisers argued that the ban "dramatically distorts and delays public discourse" and should be repealed.
Meta said that "it will announce a decision in the coming weeks".
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He petitioned Meta to allow his access to social networks.
Donald Trump (Photo: Reuters)
The social network Twitter unblocked Trump's profile after Elon Musk bought the platform last year.
But since then, Trump hasn't tweeted, choosing to stick with his rival social media service Truth Social.
Trump's Facebook and Twitter accounts have 34 million and nearly 88 million followers respectively.
On Truth Social he has less than 5 million followers.
Trump used Twitter and Facebook extensively when he ran for president in 2016 and throughout his tenure.