“After only a few months in office, it is clear that Biden is nothing more than a washed-out career politician who has no idea what he’s doing. There is a CRISIS on our border, gasoline prices have skyrocketed and America is on the decline! Please donate now to show President Trump what you REALLY think of Joe Biden, ”the ad reads.
The ads link to Trump’s Save America fundraising page, operated by Republican digital advertising company WinRed.
The amount of money behind the ads is incredibly small given these expenses. However, the use of the platform is remarkable: Trump collects donations in a huge social network that still regards him as a persona non grata.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it would suspend Trump from its platform for two years – until January 2023. Then it will check again whether it should be reinstated. Trump was initially banned from the website for posts encouraging his supporters to riot in the Capitol on Jan.
“In establishing the two-year sanction for serious violations, we felt the need to be long enough to provide a safe period of time after the incitement to incitement and be significant enough to deter Mr. Trump and others from committing it. “In the future, such serious violations will be proportionate to the severity of the violation itself,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, in a company blog in June.
Recent issues of the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee on Facebook underscore that Trump’s suspension on Facebook was just a picture and a voice, not an organization. Earlier this year, the website took a video interview Lara Trump had with her father-in-law on the grounds that he was essentially circumventing the ban by posting his words through a clip.
The Save America-managed Facebook page – which posts under the username Team Trump – continued to post on Facebook after the riot on Capitol Hill. But it barely showed the provocative behavior that Trump himself booted. The last post was in March and wished the supporters a happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Facebook did not return a request for comment.
The new ads also suggest that Trump’s advisors are recognizing the use of the social media site in organizing and raising funds. The Trump campaign relied heavily on Facebook to raise small dollar donations, in addition to Trump’s connection with his supporters via messages shared on his page.
Banned from the website, Trump has railed against the social media company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, hinting that he would not return to Facebook even if allowed. “The next time I’m at the White House, there will be no more dinner with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife at his request. It will all be business! ”
Trump also called the ban “an insult to the record-breaking 75 million people and many others who voted for us in the rigged 2020 presidential election. You shouldn’t get away with this censorship and silence, and in the end we will win. Our country can no longer bear this abuse! “
Despite the ban, Trump has an enormous reach thanks to Trump-friendly sites like Breitbart News and “President Donald Trump Fan Club”, according to a study by the New York Times.