Trump’s social media exile set in later in the month, after Twitter permanently kicked him off his signature platform and Google-owned YouTube suspended him indefinitely, depriving him of its ability to interact directly with millions of subscribers online.
Status update: While Trump has been banned from Twitter for good, Facebook and YouTube have left open the possibility of his return. On January 21, Facebook returned Trump’s suspension to its supervisory board, which then had 90 days to rule on the case. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said Trump’s account will be restored once the risk of violence decreases.
A changing timeline for the decision: Members of the supervisory board – made up of lawyers, academics and other external experts appointed by Facebook – initially said they planned to vote on Trump’s case as soon as possible. But deliberations dragged on beyond the 90-day review period, as the board was inundated with more than 9,000 public comments on Trump’s case – eclipsing comments it had received on all previous cases. combined.
The council tweeted Monday that the decision will be posted on its website “on May 5, 2021 at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT.”
Under the microscope: The council will face backlash in Washington regardless of how it governs. Republicans have excoriated Facebook for kicking Trump off its platforms, while Democrats have for years called on him and other social media companies to fire him for spreading dangerously misinformation and rhetoric incendiary.