Facebook and Instagram quickly removed former President Donald Trump’s first on-camera interview conducted by his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, citing any video post featuring the “voice of Donald Trump” must be “in line” with the ban they placed on his accounts earlier this year.
Lara Trump, who recently became a Fox News contributor, shared her “big show” ahead of her scheduled webcast, “The Right View With Lara Trump” on Instagram, hinting that she has “quite surprise” to her 1.4 million followers.
“Guess who’s gonna be in that chair?” Lara said, informing her 1.4 million followers that she didn’t want them to miss Trump’s first on-camera interview since leaving the White House scheduled for 9:30 pm ET on her website.
The former 2020 Trump campaign senior adviser and potential 2022 candidate for Senator in North Carolina posted the video interview on both Facebook and Instagram and was reported that the content was taken down by the social media platform within minutes. Shortly after, Lara received an email from a Facebook employee who informed her that any content that features the former president speaking or “in the voice of President Trump is not currently allowed” on our platforms.
“Hi folks,” the Facebook employee began the email to Lara with the subject line reading “Content Removal.”
“We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking,” the Facebook employee email reads. “In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts.”
Lara shared a screenshot of the Facebook email to her Instagram feed, with the caption writing, “And just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow.” She then shared the 15-minute video interview she conducted with her father-in-law on a new social media video platform called Rumble.
Her husband, Eric Trump also shared a Facebook email he personally received in an Instagram post, giving a “reminder” that the guidance also applies to former Trump campaign surrogates.
“This is so horrible – what is our country becoming?” Eric captioned the Instagram post.
The email warns that any of Team Trump’s campaign accounts or from any of surrogates’ personal accounts are also not allowed to share content featuring the “voice of President Trump,” including any “new posts” of Trump speaking.
“This guidance applies to all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates,” the Facebook email to Eric reads.
Trump was indefinitely suspended from a majority of social media platforms following Jan 6. Capitol riots with Twitter taking the unprecedented step first to ban the former president’s access to his personal account that had over 89 million followers. Facebook and Instagram followed Twitter’s move and banned Trump. The former president appealed the ban from Facebook and Instagram and the decision to reinstate Trump on both platforms is currently left in the hands of Facebook’s Oversight Board to ultimately decide.
The moves from big tech that seen them wielding more power than a president by silencing world leaders while also reshaping the nation’s online political conversation by preventing users from sharing articles have drawn ire by many on both sides on Capitol Hill. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) a frequent critic of Trump, condemned Twitter for the censorship move, saying he doesn’t feel “particularly comfortable” that a “handful of high-tech people” wields so much power to block a former president and warned the move sets a dangerous precedent.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller revealed recently that Trump is planning to make a return to social media within the next “two or three months” but with “his own platform.”
“I do think that we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media, probably in about two or three months here, with his own platform,” Miller told Fox News Sunday. “This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media. It’s going to completely redefine the game. And everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what President Trump does, but it will be his own platform.”
Sources revealed shortly after Facebook removed Trump interview from Lara’s account while issuing an email warning that the former president and his team are “moving forward” with the plans to start his own social media platform, but stated they “have one shot at it” and are “taking the time to do it right.”
“What they did to Lara was disgraceful,” a source close to Trump told Fox News. “They’re shutting down our voices, anything to do with Trump. It’s not going to work out all too well though, because we’re firing away and starting up our own stuff right now.”