Trump is free to use Twitter if Musk lifts his ban, but he must post on Truth Social first

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at I-80 Speedway May 1, 2022 in Greenwood, Nebraska.

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Former President Donald Trump will partially limit himself on social media, even if Elon Musk lifts Trump’s ban, according to an SEC filing from Digital World Acquisition Corp.

Trump is required to post on Truth Social first, a new social network he supports, and cannot post the same content on any other social media site for six hours. After that, he can post to “any site he has access to,” according to the record.

The six-hour policy would primarily affect Trump’s use of Twitter if he were allowed to return to the platform under would-be owner Musk.

Trump is still free to post political messages, political fundraisers or efforts to get the vote from a personal account on any platform at any time, the filing added, which could give some leeway in case he runs for office in 2024.

Digital World Acquisition has reached an agreement to take public Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns Truth Social.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following his supporters’ attack on the US Capitol. The company said it made the decision after the Jan. 6 riots “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.” Trump was an avid tweeter and had more than 80 million followers on the platform at the time.

Trump said he wouldn’t return to Twitter even if prompted, but CNBC previously reported that some people close to him said they expected Trump to return to the platform anyway. .

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