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What Facebook and Trump have in common

By Will Oremus

26 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Like Facebook, Donald Trump is struggling to stay relevant as his supporters age. No wonder the news that the ex- president will get his account back felt anticlimactic. The Washington Post reports.

When Facebook and Twitter booted Donald Trump from their platforms two years ago, the moves felt momentous. Trump was still president. His supporters had just mounted a brazen, violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Facebook was America's preeminent social network and a hotbed of political discourse and organizing. Twitter was the president's primary megaphone.

Since then, much has changed. Trump is out of office and sidelined politically, though still influential. The wounds of Jan. 6 are unhealed but no longer fresh. Exiled from the largest platforms, Trump has retreated to a smaller social network of his own making, Truth Social, with which he claims (perhaps unpersuasively) to be satisfied.

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