Facebook removed a video of an interview with former US president Donald Trump conducted by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, saying any content “in the voice of Donald Trump” would be scrubbed from the social media platform.
Facebook permanently banned the former president from its platform in January after the riot at the US Capitol, which also saw Mr Trump face his second impeachment trial.
On Tuesday, Lara Trump, a Fox News contributor, posted an image on Instagram of her sitting across from her father-in-law, urging followers to “Join us tonight!”
A group of Trump officials were sent an email from a Facebook employee, warning that any content posted on Facebook and Instagram “in the voice of president Trump is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with president Trump speaking)” and warned that it “will be removed if posted, resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it”.
“This guidance applies to all campaign accounts and pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates,” the email, posted on Instagram by Trump’s son, Eric Trump, stated.
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The interview was eventually posted to Lara Trump’s Facebook page, but was later taken down.
“Hi folks,” a Facebook employee wrote in an email to her with the subject line: “Content Removal.”
“We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook page that featured president Trump speaking,” the Facebook employee wrote. “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.”
Lara Trump posted the email to her Instagram.
A source familiar confirmed the authenticity of the messages to Fox News.
Facebook did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Facebook moved to block Mr Trump “indefinitely” after the January 6 riot in the US Capitol, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that they “believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great”.
Mr Trump was also permanently banned from Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube after the riot.
But former Trump senior adviser Jason Miller earlier this month said the former president would be back.
“I do think that we’re going to see president Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here, with his own platform,” Miller told Fox News’ #MediaBuzz earlier this month. “And this is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media, it’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly president Trump does.”
Miller said he was unable to provide details, but he did reveal that Trump had been having “high-powered meetings” at Mar-a-Lago with various teams regarding the venture, and that “numerous companies” had approached the former president.
“This new platform is going to be big,” Miller said, predicting that Trump will draw “tens of millions of people”.
This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission