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Since the Capitol storm, former US President Trump has been banned from Facebook. Today, a panel announced that he will remain banned. Trump, meanwhile, is working on his own channel.

After his supporters stormed the Capitol, Donald Trump has lost access to major online platforms. He now makes do with a kind of one-man Twitter on his own website. Meanwhile, Facebook confirms his block.

Until further notice, former US President Donald Trump will remain blocked from Facebook. That was announced by the independent oversight board of the world’s largest online network Wednesday afternoon. The so-called Oversight Board can overturn decisions made by management and content reviewers on posts and people – and it has the final say. The Oversight Board has now confirmed the January decision – but within six months Facebook is to review this decision again.

Facebook blocked Trump – as well as Twitter and YouTube – in January shortly before the end of his term. The trigger was the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters – and that he expressed sympathy for the attackers. Twitter already stressed that there was no way back for Trump on the platform. Google’s video platform YouTube, on the other hand, wants to unlock his profile when “the risk of violence has decreased.”

After being banned from online services, Trump has had to rely on emailing statements in recent months. Before that, the Twitter account was by far his most important communication channel, with more than 80 million subscribers.

On Tuesday, Trump now inaugurated a new communication channel on his website. The blog section is outwardly reminiscent of Twitter – but where there are only posts by Trump. At the same time, Trump’s supporters could use it as a backdoor to Twitter and Facebook to share the former U.S. president’s comments. This is because they can share any short post with the online platforms as a quote and link with just a few clicks. It was initially unclear whether the services would allow this.

In recent months, there has been repeated speculation that the ex-president could launch his own online platform. In the blog section titled “From the desk of Donald J. Trump,” his followers can add a “like” heart to individual posts, just like on Twitter – and also receive notifications of new posts. However, there is no option to comment on Trump’s posts.

Trump remains popular with many Republican voters – and that continues to secure him considerable influence in the party. At the same time, his ability to influence public opinion dropped dramatically with the blocks on online services.

  • source: rtl.de/picture: pixabay.com
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