Donald Trump launches new communication site for fans after Twitter ban
Facebook's independent board of directors was set to take an important decision on the platform's ban on former US President Donald Trump - AFP
Donald Trump has launched a new platform that will allow him to communicate directly with fans after banning Twitter and other social media sites.
The former president's new website, donaldjtrump.com/desk, launched with a promotional video calling itself a "beacon of freedom" and a "place to speak freely and safely" after Mr Trump was purged of Twitter.
The website contains current statements from Mr Trump, 74, who was banned from his favorite social media platform for incitement to violence following the January 6th uprising in the U.S. Capitol.
It also includes a sign-up list for people who want to receive notifications when they post a new message.
However, the new platform doesn't seem to have a feature that allows users to reply to or engage with their posts.
Trump's new website launched on Tuesday
"This is only one-way communication," a source familiar with the room told Fox News. "This system enables Trump to communicate with his supporters."
The website is operated by Campaign Nucleus, a digital company founded by Brad Parscale, Trump's former campaign manager.
The former president frequently railed against “big tech” and threatened to sue Facebook and Google for being “totally biased” and trying to rig the 2020 elections - both unsubstantiated claims.
It came on the eve of a decision by Facebook's independent board of directors to reinstate the former president.
The decision, due to be released Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. GMT, is likely to be a defining moment for the so-called "Supreme Court" of the leading social network targeted by founder Mark Zuckerberg to make delicate decisions about what Facebook is doing allowed or removed from Facebook.
Former President Donald Trump will find out this week if he can return to Facebook. - AP
The supervisory body, which makes decisions that are binding on Facebook and against which no legal remedy can be lodged, decides whether the Trump ban will remain in place or whether he will be back on the platform. It may also make appropriate recommendations to the California-based social giant.
"This is a big decision that is rightly getting a lot of attention," said Daniel Kreiss, a professor and researcher at the University of North Carolina who specializes in politics and social media.
"This is important to the global precedent it will set. If you uphold the verdict, I think you will see more robust enforcement around the world."
The governing body, made up of lawyers, policy experts, journalists and others from around the world, will make perhaps its most important decision at a time when social platforms struggle to remain open to political discourse while inciting violence , Misinformation and information filter out abusive comments.
Mr Trump was suspended from Facebook after posting a video of his supporters during the deadly rampage at the Capitol where he said, "We love you, you are very special."
The US leader was permanently banned from Facebook the following day and removed from other platforms such as Twitter and YouTube.
Regardless of Facebook's decision on Wednesday, a Twitter spokesman said Mr Trump is permanently banned from tweeting.
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