Twitter’s permanent suspension of Donald Trump was one of the most surprising decisions in the history of the platform and that of social media in general.
Citing his concerns that the former president risked inciting further violence following the Jan. 6 riots, the move led to the birth of Trump’s Truth Social platform and sparked global discussions about the online censorship.
So it came as a surprise when rumors started circulating on social media in late September that the former president’s return to the platform was on the cards.
a tweet posted on September 26, 2022 by newsfeed First Squawk, which has over 255,000 subscribers, said “TWITTER INC SAID TO REINSTALL DONALD TRUMP’S TWITTER ACCOUNT”.
The screenshot of the tweet was shared on other platforms, including pro-Kremlin Telegram channels, which referred to the claim as fact.
While Truth Social has so far not been a huge boon for Trump and could soon lose a $1.3 billion merger deal, the former president has yet to abandon the platform he has. set up after his Twitter exodus.
In August 2022, before the Justice Department released court documents on the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the former president posted 50 times on Truth Social in one day with a variety of accusations attacking ( among other targets) the office and Hunter Biden.
His departure from Twitter wasn’t acrimonious either, with Trump after his suspension decrying social media as ‘banning free speech’; ironically, he used the official @POTUS Twitter account to make this review.
So, are the wounds healed?
The Trump reinstatement rumor seems to have come from First Squawk alone. Newsweek could not find any follow-up reports, verification attempts, or quoted sources attached to the tweet.
The only news outlet to report the same claim is the right-wing site Newsmax, which attributed First Squawk as its sole source.
Newsweek reached out to Twitter and First Squawk for a response.
At this time, we don’t know where the claim might have come from or what First Squawk’s source might be.
It should be noted that, although First Squawk has over 250,000 followers on its Twitter, much of its news is presented without reference to external sources or links.
It is also somewhat doubtful (but not beyond the realm of possibility) that a relatively obscure news wire service based in (according to its Twitter) London, Mumbai and Singapore was the first to publish what would be the one of the most important reports in the social field. media and technology this year.
There are, however, other legitimate reports that may have fueled speculation.
In September 2022, Meta, who temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s Facebook account in 2021, announced that he would reevaluate his decision in 2023.
Nick Clegg, Meta’s global affairs director and former British politician, said it would not be “a capricious decision” and that Meta “look at real-world damage signals to decide whether after two years — that is, early January next year — whether Trump will be reinstated on the platform. »
However, unlike Meta, Twitter said its the suspension would be permanentsaying his decision was made “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” following the “horrible events” of January 6.
Earlier this year, as Elon Musk was negotiating the purchase of Twitter, the billionaire Tesla said during a FinancialTimes livestream that he didn’t believe it was okay to ban Trump.
“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a lot of the country and it ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard,” Musk told the outlet.
Following the apparent collapse of the deal with Musk, it again seems less likely that the platform will bring Trump back.
Ultimately, until Twitter confirms his intention to end the suspension or a more reliable source proves his intention to do so, Trump remains tweetless.
Moreover, even if the ban were lifted, it would not signal an imminent return. In a 2022 interview with SiriusXM’s Americano Media, Trump said he “probably” wouldn’t return to Twitter if offered, remarking that the site had “become very boring” and “got rid of a lot of good voices on Twitter, a lot of their conservative voices”
Newsweek has contacted Donald Trump for comment.
The claim is based on an unverified tweet that does not mention a source. While Meta says he may reconsider his temporary suspension of Donald Trump, Twitter’s permanent suspension remains in place at the time of writing.
FACT-CHECKING BY Newsweek’s Fact-Checking Team