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Why Facebook's Decision On Trump Could Be 'Make Or Break' For His Political Future

Facebook's Oversight Board sent the decision of whether to let the former president back on the platform back to the company itself, and it's a critical one for Trump's political future.
A statement from former President Donald Trump is seen in front of his Facebook page background. Facebook was justified in its decision to suspend Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection, the company's Oversight Board said Wednesday. Source: Olivier Douliery

Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday essentially punted the decision back to the company on whether to eventually allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram. What the social media giant decides in the coming months will likely have major consequences for Trump's political power.

"It could be a make-or-break moment for Trump's political future," said Eric Wilson, a Republican political technologist.

That's because being on Facebook is crucial for modern-day political campaigns, as a and those who do log into it . Facebook has become crucial for raising money and for targeting supporters and swing voters, something the Trump campaign did in unprecedented ways. The go to either Facebook or

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