Like many other major social media sites, Facebook summarily banned then-President Donald Trump from its platforms in the aftermath of a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. And apparently, that ban extends far beyond Trump’s own profiles.
The former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, found that out the hard way this week when Facebook removed a video she had posted showing an interview between her and her father-in-law. But try as they might, Facebook’s blatant censorship wasn’t enough to stop President Trump from spreading his America First message.
According to the Washington Examiner, Lara Trump has sidestepped Facebook’s ban by posting the interview both on Rumble — a video hosting platform that serves as an alternative to YouTube — and a new social media site called CloutHub.
The move comes after Facebook made clear that even “the voice of Donald Trump” was not allowed on its various platforms, including Instagram.
“The voice of Donald Trump”
According to the Examiner, the interview from Lara Trump was meant to be a prominent feature on her new online show The Right View with Lara Trump.
Soon after her video was rejected by Facebook and removed from the platform in its entirety, Lara Trump took to Instagram to share what can only be described as an Orwellian message of censorship she received from a Facebook employee.
“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,” one message read in part.
Another message clarified that such “guidance applies to all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates.”
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Moving on to freer pastures
With Facebook out of the question, Lara Trump moved to CloutHub, where her interview with the former president is now featured prominently on the homepage, as the Washington Examiner notes.
The platform bills itself as a “next-generation social network,” with a greater emphasis on connections and collaborations rather than “likes” and “shares.”
CloutHub also reportedly prides itself on being a “non-biased platform” that supports free speech and protects user privacy, making for a stark contrast with competitors who are clearly willing to suppress opposing voices if they think it might benefit their bottom line.