Donald Trump plans first tweet since ban lifted

A confidant of the former president revealed that Donald Trump may soon start tweeting again.

According to NBC News, advisers to the 2024 presidential campaign are working on ideas for what his first mission should be.

Mr Trump was banned from Twitter following the Capitol riots, but was allowed to return to the platform after Elon Musk took over.

Speaking to discuss private conversations with Trump about returning to the platform, on condition of anonymity, a Republican said: “Trump is probably returning to Twitter. It’s just a matter of how and when.

“He’s been talking about it for weeks, but Trump speaks for Trump, so anyone can predict what he will do, what he will say, or when he will say it.”

The former president also told Fox News that he is in talks with Meta about a possible return to Facebook and Instagram.

“We’re talking to them and we’ll see how it all turns out.

“If they get us back, that helps them a lot and that’s fine with me. But they need us more than we need them.”

Facebook said it will be reviewed two years after Mr Trump’s ban was implemented in January 2021 – that review date will be January 7, 2023.

The social media giant said that while the ban was in place, Mr Trump would only be allowed to return to the platform once the “risk to public safety” has subsided.

“We believe that the ban on President Trump’s Facebook account significantly distorts and hinders public discourse,” Mr Trump’s campaign wrote in a letter to Meta on Tuesday, according to a copy reviewed by NBC News.

Mr. Trump’s campaign did not threaten a lawsuit, contrary to what some sources close to him thought.

Instead, he spoke about the importance of free speech and petitioned Meta for “a meeting to discuss the immediate return of President Trump to the platform.”

A Meta spokesperson declined to comment on Mr Trump beyond saying that the company will “announce a decision in the coming weeks as we determine.”

Speaking to NBC News, an adviser to Mr Trump said his campaign believes Facebook will reinstate him.

House Democrats, including California’s Adam Schiff, told Facebook last month to keep Mr Trump off the platform.

Mr. Trump’s plans to expand his social media footprint also show the low reach of Truth Social, the platform he created to reach his supporters.

The former US president has a little over 4.8 million followers on the platform, nearly 88 million on Twitter and 34 million on Facebook.

Facebook was crucial to Mr. Trump’s success in 2016; His campaign used computer programming – microtargeting – to tailor ads based on audience data, which helped raise money with small dollar donors and outshine Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

According to Bloomberg News, an internal Facebook report revealed that Mr Trump posted 5.9 million different versions of ads, compared to Clinton’s 66,000.

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