The account was locked in response to the U.S. Capitol riot in January 2021. In a letter to Meta, Trump's campaign wrote, "We believe that the ban on President Trump's account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse."
Trump's Campaign on Free Speech and Account Reinstatement
Trump's campaign has not threatened a lawsuit but instead talked about the importance of free speech and petitioned Meta for a "meeting to discuss President Trump's prompt reinstatement to the platform." A Meta spokesperson declined to comment, saying they will announce a decision in the coming weeks.
Facebook and Twitter's Ban on Trump
Facebook and Twitter banned Trump a day after the U.S. Capitol riot, with Facebook instituting a limited ban that would come up for review after two years. Twitter planned a permanent ban, but new owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump's account on Nov. 19.