It appears former President Donald Trump is planning to return to Twitter and Facebook, according to new reports.
According to NBC News report, Trump is looking to regain control over his powerful social media accounts:
With access to his Twitter account back, Trump’s campaign is formally petitioning Facebook’s parent company to unblock his account there after it was locked in response to the U.S. Capitol riot two years ago.
“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” Trump’s campaign wrote in its letter to Meta on Tuesday, according to a copy obtained and reviewed by NBC News.
According to a Republican speaking on the matter, “Trump is probably coming back to Twitter. “
“It’s just a question of how and when,” the Republican said.
“He’s been talking about it for weeks, but Trump speaks for Trump, so it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do or say or when.”
According to NBC, Trump’s first tweet has already been crafted:
“Another Trump confidant who also didn’t want to be identified speaking about conversations with him said that Trump has sought input for weeks about hopping back on Twitter and that his campaign advisers have also workshopped ideas for his first tweet,” NBC reports.
But with Trump planning to return to Twitter, there could be complicated hold-ups.
Donald Trump‘s contract with Truth Social requires anything he posts on Twitter or Facebook to be posted on Truth Social first, 6 hours in advance.
Although the obligation keeps Truth Social alive, it does take away the spontaneity we were all used to with Trump’s tweets back in the good old days.
Mediaite reported on that agreement in November, saying:
“The agreement governing the proposed merger does set some parameters for how Trump would be allowed to use a rival social media platform, and yet another issue that could be part of a lawsuit by aggrieved shareholders if the planned merger goes through but the stock tanks.
Trump “is generally obligated to make any social media post on TruthSocial and may not make the same post on another social media site for 6 hours. Thereafter, he is free to post on any site to which he has access.” He is also “may make a post from a personal account related to political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts on any social media site at any time.”
In other words, if Trump tweets anything that he hasn’t already posted on Truth Social at least six hours in advance, it’s going to come down to the exact interpretation of what is considered ‘political messaging.'”
The former President currently has 88 million followers on Twitter, compared with the 4.8 million on Truth Social.
As the 2024 election looms, those extra followers could come in handy if Trump wants to bypass the biased mainstream media.