If your initial reaction to this news of Donald Trump being restored to Facebook is doom and gloom, you’re not looking at it properly. And Trump is absolutely not looking at it properly.
Facebook aka Meta issued a press release today explaining some of their logic for both suspending Trump in the first place and un-suspending him in the near future.
The suspension was an extraordinary decision taken in extraordinary circumstances. The normal state of affairs is that the public should be able to hear from a former President of the United States, and a declared candidate for that office again, on our platforms. Now that the time period of the suspension has elapsed, the question is not whether we choose to reinstate Mr. Trump’s accounts, but whether there remain such extraordinary circumstances that extending the suspension beyond the original two-year period is justified.
To assess whether the serious risk to public safety that existed in January 2021 has sufficiently receded, we have evaluated the current environment according to our Crisis Policy Protocol, which included looking at the conduct of the US 2022 midterm elections, and expert assessments on the current security environment. Our determination is that the risk has sufficiently receded, and that we should therefore adhere to the two-year timeline we set out. As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.
I don’t think any risk has receded. Trump is crazier than ever.
But here’s the good news and why this is a good idea. Trump will burn out in the public square. He’ll lose the excuse that he is canceled and suppressed. He’ll be able to post whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. And when people simply tune out, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself. And you know that won’t happen.
So he’ll find other scapegoats. It will be Jack Smith on steroids, his rants and raves.
Here’s Trump’s gracious acceptance of the restoration of his Facebook privileges.
“FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since ‘deplatforming’ your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account,” he wrote. “Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS OUTSTANDING, AND FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!”
He’s off and running. The problem is, and the problem is going to stay, he’s still Trump. He hasn’t changed. And people are burned out. And now he’s going to find that out for sure.
I’m glad Trump’s back on Facebook and I hope he will reappear on Twitter as well. Talk about an anti-climax. You will see the very textbook definition of the word when Trump reappears and nobody cares.