(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump railed at social media behemoth Facebook on Wednesday after its Oversight Board voted to keep in place a ban on that platform as well as Instagram, both of which came shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, while also agreeing to review whether it should be permanent.
Though it upheld the bans for now, the Facebook Oversight Board added that it is “not appropriate” for the platform to impose the “indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”
The board gave Facebook six months to analyze the “arbitrary” indefinite ban, noting in a tweet that the platform “violated its own rules.”
Nevertheless, the decision drew a scathing response from the former president.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” Trump said in a statement following, which he also posted to his new communications platform, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” he continued.
Trump added: “The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”
Trump’s platform only allows for him to post comments and users to share them to other platforms including Twitter and Facebook. But a close adviser to the president, Jason Miller, hinted Tuesday after Trump’s new communications site launched that more information is forthcoming regarding a more traditional social media site.
President Trump’s website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform,” Miller told Fox News. “We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future.”
During an interview with conservative pundit Candace Owens of The Daily Wire on Tuesday, the former president announced he’ll “be doing a platform at some point” while describing his new communications podium “more elegant than Twitter.”
“I’m going a little bit different category because I put out a press release and it gets massive coverage,” he said. “I put out press releases, you know, a few a day, and I can make them actually more than the 220 or 240 or whatever it is characters.”