Social media: Where Trump is welcome — and where he’s still banned

A slew of prominent social media platforms cracked down on then-President Donald Trump’s accounts after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, citing fears that his online activity could incite further violence. The actions culminated years of clashes between Trump and the tech companies, who had removed some of his posts or placed labels on them but had largely declined to muzzle him for good.

But some platforms have left the door open for Trump’s return, while others where he wasn’t previously active have sought to welcome him. Still other sites could provide him a haven if he chooses to set up a presence there.

Here’s where Trump stands with the major social networks:

Twitter: Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s prolific personal account, @realDonaldTrump, on Jan. 8. He had over 88 million followers at the time.

Snapchat: Snapchat permanently banned Trump’s account on Jan. 13. He had amassed more than 1.5 million followers.

Facebook & Instagram: Facebook indefinitely suspended Trump from both platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, citing risks of additional violence. The company’s oversight board ruled Wednesday that the suspension can stand for now but directed Facebook to “reexamine” the penalty, which it called “arbitrary.”

YouTube: YouTube indefinitely suspended Trump’s account in January, but CEO Susan Wojcicki has said his account will be reinstated once the “risk of violence has decreased.” He has roughly 2.8 million subscribers.

Twitch: Twitch indefinitely disabled Trump’s account in January. He had more than 1.5 million followers.

Parler: Trump does not have an account on Parler, but news reports indicate he discussed joining the platform after being booted from other sites.

Gab: Trump does not have an account on Gab, but the company created one under the tag @realDonaldTrump that archived Trump’s tweets.

TikTok: Trump does not have an account on TikTok and has not been banned from the platform. But as president he pushed to ban the platform in the U.S., making it an unlikely landing spot.

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A slew of prominent social media platforms cracked down on then-President Donald Trump’s accounts after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, citing fears that his online activity could incite further violence. The actions culminated years of clashes between Trump and the tech companies, who had removed some of his posts or placed labels on them but had largely declined to muzzle him for good.

But some platforms have left the door open for Trump’s return, while others where he wasn’t previously active have sought to welcome him. Still other sites could provide him a haven if he chooses to set up a presence there.

Here’s where Trump stands with the major social networks:

Twitter: Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s prolific personal account, @realDonaldTrump, on Jan. 8. He had over 88 million followers at the time.

Snapchat: Snapchat permanently banned Trump’s account on Jan. 13. He had amassed more than 1.5 million followers.

Facebook & Instagram: Facebook indefinitely suspended Trump from both platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, citing risks of additional violence. The company’s oversight board ruled Wednesday that the suspension can stand for now but directed Facebook to “reexamine” the penalty, which it called “arbitrary.”

YouTube: YouTube indefinitely suspended Trump’s account in January, but CEO Susan Wojcicki has said his account will be reinstated once the “risk of violence has decreased.” He has roughly 2.8 million subscribers.

Twitch: Twitch indefinitely disabled Trump’s account in January. He had more than 1.5 million followers.

Parler: Trump does not have an account on Parler, but news reports indicate he discussed joining the platform after being booted from other sites.

Gab: Trump does not have an account on Gab, but the company created one under the tag @realDonaldTrump that archived Trump’s tweets.

TikTok: Trump does not have an account on TikTok and has not been banned from the platform. But as president he pushed to ban the platform in the U.S., making it an unlikely landing spot.

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